WHAT DOES THE ECS ACTUALLY INCLUDE?
You might be surprised to hear that the Endocannabinoid System is found in much of your bodily organs. In order to understand how the endocannabinoid system and CBD are interacting with our bodies, we need to understand what homeostasis is. Homeostasis is the process of maintaining stability and balance within a cell or the body. This process is used by biological systems to adjust to conditions that are best for survival. This includes maintaining a good body temperature, balancing the amount of fluid in your body, the amount of oxygen, maintaining a neutral blood pH and much more.
Back in the 1940s, studies began looking into the effects of cannabinoids – compounds from the hemp plant – back in the 1940s. They looked to see how they affected the human body. However it wasn’t until the 1990s that it was found that hemp-extracted cannabinoids could join to create a response as they interact with the cannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in helping to maintain homeostasis in our bodies as well as interacting with phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp.
The endocannabinoid system is made of:
• Receptors in the nervous system and around your body that endocannanbinoids and phytocannabinoids are able to bond with. In the body, there are several cannabinoid receptors.
Two of those receptors are: CB1 – mainly found in the brain and CB2, mainly found in the immune system. Together they help to make sure your body is working effectively. In the brain, cannabinoids and endocannabinoids work as neurotransmitters to interact with many different receptors. The two most well-known cannabinoids found in hemp are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) although there are many others as well.