What Is Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) & Why Does It Matter?

Our bodies are made for cannabinoids which serve as a great purpose to our overall well being. It is important to understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and the benefits it serves. Cannabis has active compounds, called cannabinoids, which have a great effect on your body. We will break down the endocannabinoid system and everything it can do. You must first understand what homeostasis is. 

 

Why Homeostasis matters 

 

Homeostasis regulates the body’s conditions such as blood sugar level, body temperature, water content, and more. For human bodies to function properly, we must stay in a certain range that stops us from getting sick. Everything in our body needs to be at the right temperature. Our body do this without even realizing it. It is able to do this by negative feedback mechanisms. We have the ability to monitor everything in our body. Now, this is where the endocannabinoid system comes into play. 

 

How Does The Endocannabinoid System Work

 

Our endocannabinoid system is one big network of endocannabinoids. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout our bodies. This isn’t just in humans, all animals on earth have this makeup which is vital for survival. The receptors are found on the surface of cells and communicate with one another to make the proper changes. They have the ability to communicate different information about whats going on in your body and allowing for the right changes to be made. This allows us to maintain homeostasis by monitoring over the cells. Scientists identified these receptors as CB1 and CB2 receptors. Although you can find these receptors all throughout the body, CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mainly found throughout the immune system, organs, and tissues. Many of you have probably heard of cannabinoids. These are found in plants, called phytocannabinoids, but our bodies can actually produce its own. These are known as endocannabinoids. These molecules can be created whenever our body needs them. This happens when the body is in need of change. They have the ability to bind cannabinoid receptors together for perfect placement. There are two major endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG.  Fat-like molecules in our cell membranes makeup endocannabinoids.  Once the endocannabinoids have completed their cycle and are no longer need, metabolic enzymes break them down to repeat the process. This guarantees that the endocannabinoids will not be used longer than necessary. The reason for this is to ensure that they separate endocannabinoids from different molecular signals like hormones or neurotransmitters, this can be stored in the body. 

 

ECS’ Duty In Our Body

 

To maintain homeostasis, ECS keeps our overall health in check. If there is a lack of endocannabinoids in our system, it can cause impediments that hinder our mental and physical health. ECS and homeostasis go hand in hand when regulating body functions. 

 

How does CBD collaborate with ECS

 

CBD goes hand in hand with endocannabinoids by improving the functions of ECS. While CBD is being absorbed into the bloodstream, it is simultaneously working along with ECS. CBD gives your body the extra help it needs to maintain healthy homeostasis.

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