31 Jan Your endocannabinoid system, explained.
In 1992, a group of doctors discovered the body’s endocannabinoid system. It’s hard to believe that there was an entire molecular system within the body that we weren’t aware of, particularly as mankind has been utilizing medical cannabis in some way for thousands of years, but it’s true. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is responsible for a number of physiological processes like pain sensation, appetite, memory and mood. When a receptor in the ECS is activated through the presence of a cannabinoid, like CBD or THC, they communicate with our cells and nervous system. The ECS helps to regulate everyday functions and is important in maintaining homeostasis—if our ECS is off, we’ll feel it in a variety of ways, both mentally and physically.
CBD and THC aren’t the only cannabinoids that can stimulate our ECS—in fact, more than 100 compounds have been found in the cannabis plant to date. Planted Earth’s CBD actually contains a number of these compounds, as you can see in our most recent lab results. CBD and THC, however, have become the most widely studied compounds, and as such, we have the most information on them. It has also been shown that there are certain cannabinoids that occur naturally within your body: if you have an entire system designed to receive these compounds, of course they would exist outside of an external source! Endogenous cannabinoids like 2AG and anandamide naturally occur in both the brain and elsewhere in the body. They are structurally different from those derived from cannabis, however they function the same way.
The two main types of cannabinoid receptors found in the body are CB1R and CB2R receptors. Type 1 receptors exist in the central and peripheral nervous system while type 2 are found mainly in the immune system. When a cannabinoid like CBD binds with a receptor, it will travel through these internal systems and allow the ECS to maintain a stable internal environment (homeostasis). These compounds can stimulate the body to naturally make more endocannabinoids and also more ECS receptors, allowing it to work more efficiently over time.
Why are these things important? If you’re taking a product like our full Spectrum CBD oil, we think that its best to make an educated decision regarding what you put in your body and how and why it will affect you. Are you interested in learning more? Click some of the articles below to learn more about this wonderful discovery: