the endocannabinoid system

The Endocannabinoid System’s Most Important Function

When I first saw the above diagram, I was star struck! So many CBD receptors in our body –why hadn’t I ever seen or heard of this before? As I began my CBD journey and learning more, It was fascinating how the hemp flower could produce such a powerful natural remedy.

In recent years, research has led to a deeper scientific understanding of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Some researchers believe the ECS is one of the most important physiological systems that exists. What makes the ECS so special? One of the main roles of the ECS is maintaining homeostasis in the human body. 

Homeostasis refers to the ability to keep a balanced internal state that functions optimally regardless of external conditions. All living things, including people, animals and plants, rely on this internal balance to maintain sound health and wellness. Think of homeostasis as balance, stability or equilibrium within a cell, a group of cells, or the entire body. It plays a role in the body’s ability to function properly and impacts our nervous, immune, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and urinary systems. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is known as a “master regulator” within the body. It’s responsible for regulating the biochemistry of several different bodily processes.

Research shows the the ECS can influence the following:

  • Appetite
  • Digestion
  • Inflammation
  • Immune response
  • Pain
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Motor control
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Bone health
  • Muscle development
  • Reproductive function
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Skin health
  • Nerve function

With endocannabinoid receptors found nearly everywhere in the human body, the ECS helps maintain the delicate balance of these bodily processes. When any are thrown out of balance, the ECS can help bring the body back to a state of balance.

Check out this short video by Dr. Rachel Knox to better understand the Endocanabinoid System and how it works. It’s one of the best explanations I’ve seen!

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