3 Things You Need To Know About The Endocannabinoid System
A guide to understanding CBD through the ECS, a blog by Pure CBD Health
What is the ECS?
The ECS is a complex communication system located in the brain and throughout the Central and Peripheral Nervous System. The Endocannabinoid System exists in each and every mammal. It is comprised of a series of receptors that perform the function of accepting cannabinoids throughout the body. Cannabinoids are natural chemical messengers produced by the body that interact within the ECS. The receptors they interact with, include the Cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 that stimulate our bodies with many physiological systems.
The ECS is responsible for a lot of physiological processes that silently take place in our body. However, alongside these important functions, the ECS has one primary objective- Homeostasis. Homeostasis, if you are unfamiliar with the term is quite literally the bridge between body and mind. It is the state of steady internal physical and chemical conditions. In simpler terms, it is the body’s natural state of balance.
What is the purpose of the ECS?
The ECS is like an application running in the background of your mobile phone constantly capturing information from your mobile usage. Similarly, the ECS constantly monitors your body and systems for signs of trouble or imbalance. When there is an imbalance, a cascade of neurotransmitters are released from the ECS to the organ, tissue or system involved in helping address the problem at hand. This leads us back to homeostasis, that is maintaining our body’s balance.
How does CBD work?
For those who don’t know, CBD is short for Cannabidiol, over 100 active Cannabinoids are currently identified in hemp (a plant). Most interestingly, the Endocannabinoid System is not just affected by the cannabinoids created by the human body itself, but also by the plant sourced cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. When the ECS is not able to regulate itself properly, cannabinoids and other chemicals from the cannabis plant, when properly used, may help optimise the ECS in a safe, and non-toxic way.
Of the 113 varieties of Cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, the two most prominent are THC and CBD. That makes sense. THC is without a doubt one of the most popular Cannabinoid due to its psychoactive effects. A.K.A feeling that makes you feel “stoned” or “high”. On the other hand, CBD has gained its popularity from its non-psychoactive, therapeutic effects. When we inhale (smoke) or ingest (edibles) CBD and THC, there is a synergistic effect resulting in an enhanced level of benefits.
As we understand the scepticism that surrounds CBD, it is our utmost priority to deliver a safe CBD product. One that performs functions such as that of optimising the ECS in a safe manner.