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What is the Endocannabinoid System?

In every aspect of day-to-day life—from the amount of sleep we get to the food we eat—balance is crucial if we wish to achieve optimal results and gain longevity. In the human body, this “inner balance” is called homeostasis. Homeostasis is maintained when several systems within our bodies work together harmoniously, such as the endocannabinoid system.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis depends on ENDOCANNABINOIDS being properly activated and maintained by the ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS). The ECS and its receptors are present throughout the body, functioning as a central regulatory system that helps establish and maintain health.

 

When homeostasis is not maintained, endocannabinoid receptors are waiting to be activated to begin assisting the body to return to its natural balance. Researchers have identified two endocannabinoid receptors, the CB1, and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and spinal cord or central nervous system. CB2 receptors are found primarily in the tissues of the immune system.

CB1 and CB2 Receptors

The body naturally produces endocannabinoids Anandamide and 2-AG. These cannabinoids are responsible for stimulating messages received through CB1 and CB2 receptors and transmitting them throughout the body. Anandamide and 2-AG  support the body’s internal systems to deal with disease, pain, pain management, addiction, stress management, inflammation, gastrointestinal response, immune response, memory, appetite, response to rewards, and a plethora of other internal system malfunctions and disharmony.

 

Exogenous cannabinoids such as phytocannabinoids, which are extracted from cannabis (CBD, THC, CBN), mimic our naturally occurring endocannabinoids (Anandamide and 2-AG). Anandamide and 2-AG’s have an extremely short lifespan. This is why an exogenous cannabinoid supplement is crucial. By consuming phytocannabinoids such as CBD, we replenish our ECS with exogenous cannabinoids when endocannabinoids become deficient.

Cannabinoid deficiency is common due to constantly changing internal and external conditions. These conditions range from external toxins, stress, traumatic experiences, pain, injuries, thoughts, relationships, and conditions we may have been born with or that have been acquired later in life (diabetes, mental illness, seizures, joint and muscle pain, arthritis, etc.) To keep the body in alignment, these variables depend on a reaction from the body’s ECS. Supplementing endocannabinoids with exogenous cannabinoids allows the ECS to counteract, particularly in the case of endocannabinoid deficiency.

 

Simply put: The endocannabinoid system is like a command center for the maintenance of one of the human body’s most important systems in maintaining proper homeostasis. For instance, if you repeatedly lift a weight incorrectly in the gym, the poorly executed movement sends a shooting pain to the muscle group you are working on. Your homeostasis—your balance—has been disturbed externally and this results in internal calamity. The actions and reactions, internal and external, are all directed by signals sent from the body to the brain via the central nervous system assisted by the ECS. The process also occurs in reverse. Our body is full of receptors in constant dialogue. The ECS regulates the systems that deliver and keep those signals being sent and received appropriately and in a timely manner, and also ensures that the body’s internal systems continue to flow regularly and efficiently.  Supplementing with CBD Oil helps to ensure that this process works effortlessly.

By |2018-11-04T03:23:12+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Health|5 Comments