Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an essential biological network vital to your body’s health and functionality, just like your nervous system and immune system.

Scientists still have yet to uncover all the functions of the endocannabinoid system because it is such a vast system. However, what they have discovered is amazing, and some may even surprise you.

To simplify things here is a basic explanation of what the ECS is and how it works.

The endocannabinoid system consists of two types of cellular receptors found in very large amounts that span out between your brain and body. These receptors are what we call CB1 and CB2 receptors. They play an important role in regulating functions such as motor regulations, pain sensations, and sleep.

CB1 receptors are primarily in the brain and are mostly activated by the psychoactive cannabinoid THC.

CB2 receptors are scattered throughout the body and respond to CBD and other cannabinoids.

These receptors are like communication channels that connect brain and body functions. When activated and at work, they are busy regulating bodily functions to help you stay in balance and good health.

The sole purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis.

Homeostasis refers to the body’s need to reach and maintain a certain state of equilibrium.

At any given time, if a system in the body is off, cannabinoids can be introduced to bring your body back to a balanced state. This means the ECS is very adaptive and can trigger an extensive range of biological responses depending on what functions need support at any given time. 

Your body naturally produces cannabinoids, but the natural production itself is not always enough.

Outside influences can disrupt biological functions, throwing the endocannabinoid system out of balance.

When illness, trauma, high stress levels or other disruptions occur, the body can really benefit from plant cannabinoids.

Taking a cannabinoid formula like Full Spectrum CBD delivers a wide array of cannabinoids that assist the ECS. This support from the plant helps your body bounce back to balance.

Introducing cannabinoid formulas into your wellness routine can help you with stress, discomfort, sleep, health issues, mood, and so much more.

Surprisingly, the endocannabinoid system relates to other functions that positively influence our health and wellbeing. Here are some of the interesting functions that the ECS has a role in.

1  Cannabinoids influence anandamide levels.

Discovered in 1993 by Dr. Mechoulam, anandamide is the most thoroughly studied endocannabinoid. Anandamide has a pleasing cerebral effect. It is also linked to how we remember and forget certain things. Anandamide’s so-called forgetting function is very important for traumatic and highly stressful events. When it is engaging with ECS receptors, it helps to diminish stress response. This is why people find it soothing when they feel tense and restless. Whole plant cannabinoid formulas activate the CB1 receptors in the brain to induce feelings of ease which can help put you in a better mood.

2  Ingesting cannabinoids increases the concentration of endocannabinoid receptors.

Consuming cannabinoids help the body produce more of its endogenous cannabinoids and, at the same time, increases the concentration of cannabinoid receptors. This in of itself reveals how taking CBD can help your body produce more anandamide which has many wellness purposes. This increase in receptors and cannabinoid production provides aid to those who struggle with health issues related to a poorly operating endocannabinoid system.

2  The Endocannabinoid system becomes more active when issues arise.

It is truly amazing how your endocannabinoid system acts as a caregiver to your whole body. When things get out of balance from an illness, injury, or other health issues, it triggers a help response and alerts the ECS to take action. Scientists observed an increase in endocannabinoid activity in patients with a health crisis. The increased endocannabinoid activity confirms that the ECS is actively working to reduce the impact of health issues and their consequences. Your immune system, brain, and organs all work together to communicate within the ECS, effectively creating a bridge to give cells instructions on how and where to restore balance in the body.

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