What in the World is the Endocannabinoid System?
You may have never heard about your endocannabinoid system, but it’s actually one of the most important bodily systems we have! First, let’s break down the word “endocannabinoid” – “endo” meaning it is produced naturally in your body already. The second half of the word “cannabinoid” comes from the term “cannabis.” To sum this all up, endocannabinoid basically translates into cannabis-like substances that naturally occur in our bodies. The endocannabinoid system was essentially named after our body’s reaction with the hemp plant. The main purpose of your endocannabinoid system is to respond to endogenous cannabinoids within your body. Back in the day, scientists discovered that the endocannabinoid system will respond to cannabinoids from external sources, including CBD. Your endocannabinoid system is the reason why we can receive all the amazing benefits from CBD!
How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work, Exactly?
You Need It To Survive.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of three main parts – endocannabinoids, receptors in the nervous system and around your body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with, and enzymes that can help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is super important because it basically keeps your body in balance, or homeostasis. This term may be bringing you back to your fifth-grade biology class, but if you don’t recall exactly what homeostasis is – no worries, we got you covered. Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to maintain a stable internal environment despite changing external conditions. The endocannabinoid system is essential for stabilizing cell function, body temperature, protects from infections, maintenance of blood pressure, removal of waste and toxins, your overall bodily balance, plus more. We need to maintain homeostasis constantly in order to grow, function, and survive! For instance when you overheat and start to sweat you know your endocannabinoid system is working properly, or when your stomach has that awkward insanely loud gurgling noises, your endocannabinoid system is telling you it’s time to eat!
How Can The Endocannabinoid System Do That?
This is where things can get complex! Your endocannabinoid system keeps your body in balance through two cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2. CB1 is located in your central nervous system, including your brain and nerves of your spinal cord. CB2 is in your peripheral nervous system, your digestive system, and specialized cells in your immune system. Through both of these receptors your endocannabinoid system bonds and therefore support and regulates so many diverse vital bodily functions like your:
- Immune Function
- Inflammation and Neuroinflammation
- Reproduction and Fertility
- Motor Control
- Body Temperature Regulation
Plus more! CBD does not offer any psychoactive properties, therefore you get all the incredible benefits without the high of THC.
A recent scientific discovery on the function of CBD in the brain is to prevent the “FAAH enzyme” job from breaking down an endocannabinoids called “anandamide.” Anandamide has calming elements that can help with anxiety disorders. Because these receptors react to cannabinoids, by generating the production of particular enzymes that break down cannabinoids and circulate them throughout your body, which is also referred to as “endocannabinoid signaling.” Numerous OTC and prescription drugs are in fact intended to imitate the benefits and effects of cannabinoids.
What’s even more amazing is how your endocannabinoid receptors interact within your body. Your receptors are capable of helping your bodily functions that are considered to be “off balance” in order to reach a correct level of homeostasis. Your receptors do not play favorites – they cannot over help one system and completely ignore the other – they operate where and when they are required.
Who Found Out About The Endocannabinoid System?
Our Bodies Are Made to Interact with Cannabinoids.
Here’s a little history lesson on the endocannabinoid system. All the way back in 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of a rat-CB1. Researchers quickly found that these receptors interacted solely with other receptors present in the cannabis compound – THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The shocking moment was when scientist found that the receptors were established in parts of the brain responsible for important functions including, mental and physiological processes like, memory, high cognition, emotion, and motor coordination. A little bit of time has past and in 1993, a second cannabinoid receptor was revealed – CB2! Then only two years later in 1995, scientists confirmed that the two receptors – CB1 and CB2 – were present in thousands of other species, including humans! As technology advanced rapidly, researchers were able to dive deeper into the connection between the cannabinoid receptors within the human body and the cannabinoid receptors in cannabis plant, like CBD and THC (phytocannabinoids). They uncovered the signaling system between phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. They decided to name the signaling system the endocannabinoid system. The scientific evidence basically says that our bodies were made to interact with cannabinoids.
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