How CBD benefits your body
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in early 1990. Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS and exactly how CBD benefits your body.
The Endocannabinoid System is made up of a series of proteins, receptors, and neurotransmitters throughout your body. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) operates independently of every other internal system, with one goal in mind: preserve the balance in your body or to maintain homeostasis.
The ESC system deploys the proper resources that control all your other systems. For example, when you run, you generate excess amounts of heat. The ECS makes sure you stay cool by prompting the sweat glands to produce sweat, thereby cooling your body and ensuring you don’t overheat — keeping everything in balance.
Reseach has found numerous critical functions ECS can play a role in including, but not limited to:
- reproduction and fertility
How does the ECS work?
There are three elements at play when considering the ECS: cannabinoids themselves, cannabinoid receptors, and an enzyme that breaks down and discards cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are the fuel of the ECS. They power the entire system. These receptors are found throughout your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action.
Your body produces some cannabinoids naturally. These are called endocannabinoids. Everyone produces different levels of endocannabinoids; unfortunately an endocannabinoid deficiency can cause major sleep issues, anxiety, pain, inflammation, focus problems and more. As we age, we produce fewer cannabinoids and our ECS can struggle to function properly.
Luckily, we can supplement our bodies with cannabinoids that come from plants. Just as we take vitamin and mineral supplements to make sure our bodies have what they need, we can supplement our natural endocannabinoid production with CBD.
Phytocannabinoids similar to CBD, CBG, CBN and CBC are found in nature and are accessed by ingesting vegetables like broccoli and carrots, or by using CBD products.
Cannabinoid Receptors All those endo-and-phytocannabinoids have to go somewhere. They are attracted to (or have an “affinity” to) interact with different types of cannabinoid receptors that act as landing pads that subsequently trigger functions meant to promote balance and homeostasis throughout the body.
These receptors are responsible for making the entire ECS function properly. They’re essentially the watchdogs of the ECS — constantly monitoring our bodies and stepping in with crucial efforts to make sure everything stays balanced and even-keel.
Receptors take the fuel (cannabinoids), scan the environment and analyze the current situation, and then send signals to the rest of the body to balance everything.
The receptors for CBD exist throughout our bodies, in the cell walls of our organs and tissues. They are perhaps most numerous on the body’s largest organ, the skin.
This epidermal efficacy is why topical CBD treatments are so effective at treating wounds and dealing with localized pain. It’s also why CBD is becoming a leading skincare ingredient.
Enzymes Last but not least are metabolic enzymes. These catalysts of the ECS are responsible for waste. That is, ECS enzymes are particularly suited to breaking down and getting rid of any unnecessary or unused cannabinoids in the body. These enzymes keep things neat and tidy in the ECS system, allowing the receptors to more easily and efficiently access the cannabinoids the ECS needs to function. These enzymes unlock a potential for drugs and treatments to be precise and without side effects. Cannabinoids seem to do exactly what is needed, and nothing else.
What are Terpenes? from Medical News Today, published March 6, 2020
A Simple Guide to the Endocannabinoid System from Healthline, published May 17, 2019
Learn more about CBDA from Analytical Cannabis, publishe October 18, 2019
Full Spectrum VS. CBD Isolate Research from Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)
What’s the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD? from Medical News Today, published September 25, 2020
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