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What is the Endocannabinoid System?

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is integral to keeping the human body in a state of balance or homeostasis. Our bodies produce cannabinoids called endocannabinoids, which the ECS receives and translates. These endocannabinoids work together with cannabinoid receptors to support and regulate some of our functions such as mood, appetite, memory and sleep and pain.

Cannabinoid receptors

The body produces endocannabinoids to stimulate cannabinoid receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system, located throughout the body and embedded in cell membranes. The cannabinoid receptors are part of the ECS process to regulate some of our important functions.

Cannabinoids in the ECS

The endocannabinoid system responds to the internal cannabinoids produced by the body. Scientists and researchers have however discovered that this system also identifies and responds to external cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main non-psychoactive compounds found in cannabis. 

Effects of CBD on the body

There are many different cannabinoids, and some, such as CBD, work alongside the ECS to support general wellbeing, including concentration and mood. 

Internal vs. external cannabinoids

The endocannabinoid system mainly works with the internally produced cannabinoids. However, when external cannabinoids are introduced, the cannabinoid receptors send a signal that interconnects and coordinates with all relevant bodily functions. Cannabinoid receptor CB1 supports the brain and central nervous system, among other things, while CB2 regulates the immune system.

Effects of CBD

There is a growing body of scientific and well-documented effects of CBD on the body. In general, it seems that CBD has indirect but positive effects to boost almost every function of the cannabinoid receptors to provide soothing and relaxing effects.

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