Meet the EndoCannabinoid System
Now that you understand the differences between hemp and marijuana, you may want to learn a bit more about why so many people are using CBD. The potential health and wellness benefits of CBD are due to the way this cannabinoid interacts with your endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system is the network of receptors and messengers that regulate the many vital processes in your body.
The messengers manufactured by your body are made as needed and broken down quickly by enzymes. When your body cannot produce a sufficient quantity of messengers (neurotransmitters) on its own, the communication system can fail. Ideally, your endocannabinoid system would remain in balance.
Unfortunately, under the assault of stress, illness or injury, your body may not produce enough endocannabinoids to fulfill communication requirements. The system becomes unbalanced, and communication deteriorates.
Keeping the endocannabinoid system balanced is so crucial to your health and well-being that many researchers today believe endocannabinoid deficiencies are to blame for many common health concerns. CBD works by mimicking the messengers and influencing the receptors of the endocanna- binoid system. By supporting the functions of this regulatory system, CBD has the potential to provide numerous health and wellness benefits.
What does the endocannabinoid system regulate?
Endocannabinoids are manufactured internally by the human body from foods like fatty acids. The ECS works through two types of receptors found in our body: CB1 and CB2
Receptors are found on human POSTSYNAPTIC (RECEIVING NEURON) cell surfaces.
Phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids, bind with cannabinoid receptors and send a message to the body to do certain things.
This can help regulate:
- MOTOR CONTROL
- IMMUNE FUNCTION