What is the endocannabinoid system?
In basic terms the endocannabinoid system is a part of the nervous system that works in a similar but reversed process. Both humans and animals have endocannabinoid systems that are made up of cannabinoid receptors and work directly with our neurotransmitters. These cannabinoid receptors surprisingly outnumber any other receptor found in the brain. When a neuron is passing along messages to the rest of the body, the endocannabinoid system reacts to these messages and in turn regulates the way your body functions using a communication molecule. This system works meticulously in sustaining a balance in our bodies and makes sure proper function is in effect in our immune system, digestive system, our mental health, mood, pain receptors, inflammation, reproductive organs and so much more.
Once CBD is introduced to the body, cannabinoids are on the hunt for cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, such as our CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 and CB2 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and the immune system and they determine the behavioral effects on our bodies when CBD is consumed. Once the cannabinoids are locked into the receptors, your body works to ensure that short term and long term effects are sustained. Whether it be assisting with anxiety, pain, appetite or general function, the positive effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system can be life changing.
Our endocannabinoid system creates these reactions because of the chemicals we naturally produce in our bodies. Our bodies even produce our own “bliss molecule”, called anandamide, an endocannabinoid neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages between neurons throughout the nervous system. CBD helps inhibit FAAH (Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase) that, in return, helps create higher levels of endocannabinoids like anandamide and enhance well being.
As popularity and research progresses with CBD we will continue to learn new information about how much we can gain from CBD and more of its benefits to our endocannabinoid system.