What is the Endocannabinoid System and how does it work?


What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a hormonal neurotransmitter system that is responsible for creating homeostasis in the body. It does this by regulating all other internal systems to make sure they are functioning properly. An unhealthy ECS could lead to health problems.   

The ECS controls 5 vital functions. It regulates your pain sensations, sleep patterns, mood, memory and appetite. It's also responsible for allowing your body to deal with unexpected changes in your environment and to help repair and recover from injuries.

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 How does the endocannabinoid system work?

The ECS is made up of cell receptors named CB1 and CB2. These cell receptors are located all throughout the body including the brain, immune system, nervous system and peripheral system. One way the ECS creates homeostasis is with the help of cannabinoids. The ECS receives cannabinoids one of two ways. Either the body creates cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids (endo = inside) or through plants known as phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant). CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant that has a special relationship with the CB receptors. CBD is known to modulate or balance the cells throughout the ECS assisting in creating homeostasis.   

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What is homeostasis

As mentioned above, we consume phytocannabinoids from plants and turn them into endocannabinoids. Hemp is loaded with cannabinoids including CBD (cannabidiol). These cannabinoids assist the ECS in establishing homeostasis. Homeostasis occurs when all biological and internal systems run smoothly allowing the body to fight off illness and disease. 

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