To understand how the multi-beneficial cannabinoid, CBD works, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of the body’s vast biological network called the Endocannabinoid System. Let’s take a look at a simple overview of the Endocannabinoid System, what it is, how it works and the role it plays in the benefits of CBD.
What Exactly Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex physiological regulating and communication network that extends across human and mammalian bodies. Yes! That means your pets also have an ECS!
The Endocannabinoid System is found throughout the body, in the brain, organs, muscles, tissues, skeletal system, immune system and gastrointestinal system. The ECS regulates basic functions and processes that include:
- Stress levels
- Pain response
- Liver function
- Reproductive system function
- Skin and Nerve function
The principal, overall goal of this vast system is to regulate basic body functions, processes and systems to maintain homeostasis or balance/equilibrium, by signaling environmental changes or onslaughts to initiate changes in response.
What Makes Up The Endocannabinoid System?
The ECS is comprised of three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes.
- Endocannabinoids are lipid-based neurotransmitters that are produced naturally by the body, as needed, to keep internal functions operating smoothly. They are chemicals that transmit signals, through the brain, by way of specialized receptors.
- The receptors of the ECS are found on cells throughout the body. Endocannabinoids bind to these receptors to signal that the endocannabinoid system needs to take some type of action with respect to certain basic functions.
- The Enzymes of the ECS are responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoids, once they have carried out their specific intended function.
How CBD Interacts With The Endocannabinoid System
CBD (cannabidiol) is a phytocannabinoid, a plant based cannabinoid, from the hemp plant, that has been shown, through research, to interact with the ECS in various ways. The exact interaction of CBD with respect to the receptors, is still subject to research, however, it appears, at this time, that CBD, in both direct and indirect ways, mimics the body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids and CBD has also been identified interacting with other non-cannabinoid receptors in other body systems.
Simply put, the cannabinoid CBD interacts with the ECS and the systems and functions that it regulates, in ways that support mood, pain response, stress/anxiety response, sleep and all of the above-mentioned processes. It is in this way that CBD oil and CBD products help promote beneficial responses associated with these basic body functions.
Research on phytocannabinoids, like CBD and the other over 111+ identified cannabinoids, continues to identify the amazing way that the human body, through the Endocannabinoid System, responds to hemp plant based cannabinoids and other hemp plant compounds, in a myriad of ways, to support physical, mental and emotional health! It is a powerful testament to our natural, symbiotic relationship with the mighty hemp plant and its full profile of beneficial compounds that include cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more, for both human and animal health. We can experience these whole plant benefits by using Full-Spectrum CBD products to support the vital functions that promote a healthy life, well lived!
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