What is the Endocannabinoid System?
We all have an endogenous cannabinoid system inside our bodies. It is named after the plant associated with its discovery and is arguably the most significant physiologic system known to affect our wellbeing. We have endocannabinoids in the brain, the vital organs, connective tissues, immune cells and glands and they work to restore balance in our bodies to make us feel better.
Scientists have compared the genetic changes in cannabinoid receptors across a huge range of species – humans included, and they believe the endocannabinoid system first evolved around 600 million years ago. Yet understanding the way that those cannabinoids, cells and other systems interact is still very much a work in progress.
What we do know is that the endocannabinoid system is something like a bridge between body and mind. It is a cellular process. Our cells need to recycle themselves and regenerate to help fight any bad or malignant cells and minimise any damage and pain we feel.
Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids can be found around the points on the body where there might be an injury or an ache. They help stabilize nerve cells, calm local immune cells and reduce inflammation.
Bodies in Balance
As well as helping rebalance our bodies functionality, the endocannabinoids system may help rebalance our minds. Also said to stimulate specific regions of the adult brain connected to creativity and open-mindedness, all of which contributes to a broader sense of wellbeing.
The problem is that most of us don’t nourish the endocannabinoid system inside us. It is only when faced with aches, pains and perhaps more serious ailments that we look for a quick fix to regain our equilibrium. Cannabinoids are essential to that process.
Phytocannabinoids are chemicals found in plants known to work on cannabinoid receptors.
The most well-known of these is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, but researchers are becoming increasingly interested in CBD for its potential therapeutic benefits.
The non-psychoactive component, CBD, is entirely legal and really worth getting excited about. CBD is one of around 80 different natural cannabinoids that can be harvested from the hemp plant.
A massive amount of research into the health benefits of CBD is underway in the scientific community and we are very excited to see the results.
We know it is complicated, which is why we will continue to provide interested consumers and our returning customers with as much information about cannabidiol and cannabis derived compounds as possible.