what is the endocannabinoid system?
To fully understand what CBD is and how it impacts your body, you first have to know about yourself.
In the deep reaches of your body is a very crucial function called the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
In order for your body to operate properly, systems like the nervous system, immune system, etc., are required to be at maximum potential for the human body to “feel good”.
When these systems function at a positive level you have a feeling of balance and homeostasis, or the feeling of “being healthy”.
In the 1990’s, scientists discovered another important system in the human body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is simply cannabis-like molecules which the body produces on its own. It also includes the receptors which interact with these molecules.
Scientists discovered the main job of the ECS was to maintain this healthy homeostasis within the body which essentially creates biological harmony from several changes in the environment.
Their research revealed that there were endocannabinoid receptors located throughout the entire region of the body including the brain, skin, immune cells, bones, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, muscle tissue, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gut.
The endocannabinoid receptors have been known to be one of the most widespread systems in the body that affect pretty much everything.
Endocannabinoids are essentially cannabinoids that are produced by the body.
Two key endocannabinoids that scientists have pinpointed so far are anandamide and 2-AG (arachidonoylglycerol).
When CBD interacts with the receptors in the human body, mainly CB1 (found in the central nervous system), and CB2 (found in the peripheral nervous system and immune cells) the magic begins to happen.
This intimate dance that ensues is typically one of the most important activations within the body. CBD has the lead in this dance and when it happens many positive things can occur within the body.