The Endocannabinoid System
In school, we learned about the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, skeletal, muscular, and reproductive system. All these systems mentioned are extremely vital to our bodies make-up, but how come we never learned about the Endocannabinoid System? Like the previously mentioned systems, one could argue that it is just as important as the rest.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is made up of a network of receptors that are spread throughout our entire body regulating some of our most vital functions including our immune system, sleep, mood, pain sensations, memory, and even reproduction. Sounds pretty important huh?
Discovering the Endocannabinoid System
Well, it was only recently (compared to our other systems) that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was first discovered. It was in the 1990s by Dr. Matsuda and his team that wanted to know how THC was interacting with us humans. What they found was truly amazing.
Something these Dr’s found complex and confusing was the discovery of these systems receptors. Why would our body hold cannabinoid receptors if we were not producing cannabinoids? It’s a question that is still being looked at and widely debated. The two receptors that were found were referred to as CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. These receptors are helping modulate our central nervous system as you’re reading this.
Diving deeper into the Endocannabinoid System
Us humans like to think we’re pretty great and unique. However, we’re not the only ones carrying around an ECS (Endocannabinoid System). All animals have an endocannabinoid system. That means, dogs, cats, horses, lions, tigers, bears (oh my), all have an ECS. It’s mind-boggling that a system that essentially regulates all of our other major systems isn’t talked about more.
Our ECS also may play a vital role in the development of diseases. Scientists have discovered major changes in our ECS when cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and even arthritis is present. They suggest that cannabinoids binding to our CB-1 & CB-2 receptors may help promote our bodies back to homeostasis.
Before we dig deeper into how CBD oil interacts with us and our ECS there are actually other things we can do to help regulate our body back to homeostasis. Scientists have suggested that EXERCISE is beneficial to our bodies ECS. They state that extended aerobic exercise can produce natural highs and bring us back to homeostasis. If you’re thinking of runners high that’s actually a perfect example. During that high, your body is releasing endorphins that are actually very good for us and our bodies overall health. Additionally, our diets play a vital role in our overall health and our ECS. Fatty acids found in fish oil and hemp are great for our neuroreceptors.
How does CBD interact with our EndoCannabinoid System?
As you know by now the ECS might be the most important system our body has to offer and it’s important you treat it that way. CBD is a natural cannabinoid that is found in the hemp or marijuana plant. When taken, this cannabinoid binds to our ECS receptors helping regulate this system and bring us back to homeostasis.
If you recall from earlier the ECS helps regulate pain, mood, sleep, and even our immune system. That means whether you suffer from a sleep disorder, anxiety, or pain; Cannabidiol may be what your body is missing. Most of us are naturally deficient in cannabinoids; meaning our bodies ECS are being depleted. In turn that just means our bodies aren’t at homeostasis. For example, let us say it’s the middle winter and you’ve been battling a bad cold the past few days. What would you do? Rest, eat well, and take vitamin C? Sounds about right. Well, when your body is sick your immune system is fighting off whatever disease you have and if you recall what your immune system falls under (your ECS) it may be important to feed your body with natural cannabinoids as well.
It’s important to remember to identify how you’re feeling and see if that falls under the responsibility of your Endocannabinoid system. More times than not it will and all you may be missing is some extra cannabinoids (CBD).