Endocannabinoid System 101
The key to understanding the way cannabinoids, like CBD, interact in the human body requires a quick Endocanabinoid System 101 course! Actually, the entire discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was due to the research on the cannabis plant. The ECS was actually unknown until in the 1990’s research revealed that the human body produced it’s own cannabinoids called endogenous cannabinoids or endocannibinoids. This was the beginning of identifying this vast biological regulatory system that is present throughout human and mammalian bodies.
The Role of Receptors and The Enocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid compounds, produced by the body, activate receptors found on the surface of cells in the brain, organs, tissues, glands, muscle and skeletal systems and the immune system. The ECS performs various and unique roles, depending on the location in the body: however, the overall and ultimate goal of the ECS is to bring the body to balance, or homeostasis, regardless of environmental and external disturbances.
Cannabinoids stimulate the receptors on the cells and produce various reactions, depending on the location of the cells and receptors. Cannabinoids come from two sources: either naturally produced by the body (endocannabinoids) or from the cannabis sativa and hemp plants (phytocannabinoids). The many benefits of the phytocannabinoid CBD, for instance, are a direct result of this receptor stimulation and interactions throughout the ECS.
CBD, The Endocannabinoid System and Receptors In The Brain
As an example, let’s look at the serotonin receptor known as 5-HT1A found in various areas of the brain. It is densely present in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus and amygdale, all heavily involved in mood, anxiety and depression disorders. When a high concentration of CBD oil is ingested it activates the 5-HT1A receptor and produces an inhibitory response so that the receptor does not slow down or stop the serotonin production. In this way, CBD provides help with anxiety, mood, sleep and other areas of well being associated with the serotonin pathway.
The Endocannabinoid System, Phytocannabinoids and Optimum Health
Ongoing research into the endocannabinoid system and the role of phytocannabinoids demonstrates the essential role that broad spectrum CBD can provide. A fully functional endocannabinoid system is the key to maintaining your health in an increasingly challenging external environment. Is there a way to strengthen and support your ECS? It now seems that the answer is “yes’!
By taking regular small doses of broad spectrum CBD you can stimulate an increased production of the body’s endocannabinoids and receptors. This supplementation can provide an enhancement to the natural functionality of your endocannabinoid system to serve as a preventative to potential disease and promotion of optimum health.
In the case of CBD, it has been demonstrated that small doses, taken over time, have greater effects. As the phytocannabinoids accumulate in the body, due to regular doses, you also can benefit from what is called the ‘entourage effect’: which is the synergistic interaction of the broad spectrum of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds in the cannabis sativa or hemp plants.
The benefit of supplementation was once wisely stated by Benjamin Franklin “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And so it is!
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