Endocannabinoid System - what is it & how does it work?

Endocannabinoid System - what is it & how does it work?

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Meet your Endocannabinoid System – The Most Vital Biological System You’ve Never Heard Of


Digestion. Sleep. Mood. The endocannabinoid system is one of the most vital functioning systems in your body – and yet many people don’t even know it exists.


What is the endocannabinoid system?


The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that regulates many key functions in your body. Only discovered two decades ago (we owe a lot to the 90s), the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating a number of functions that are essential to our daily life. Mood, memory, sleep, digestion and even fertility are all linked to the immune systems regulated by the endocannabinoid system – making it one of the most essential parts of the bodys ecosystem.


How does it work?


We won’t get too science-focussed, we promise! The endocannabinoid system is a complex signal system within each human. Endocannabinoids are molecules within this, produced by your body. These molecules are released and they bind to receptors all around your body whenever needed to signal that the endocannabinoid system needs to take action. This could be anything: from relieving pain and strengthening memory, to helping digestion and relaxing the body for a state of sleep.


Whenever your body is thrown out of its normal flow, the endocannabinoid system kicks in to action to return it back to its original state. And, with the number of functions the endocannabinoid system is responsible for on a daily basis, it often has it works cut out to keep your body functioning correctly.


Just what is the endocannabinoid system responsible for?


Researchers believe that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for a large number of potential functions within the body, including:


•   Memory

•   Appetite

•   Energy balance

•   Learning

•   Digestion

•   Motor control

•   Female reproduction

•   Autonomic nervous system

•   Thermoregulation

•   Sleep

•   Inflammation

•   Muscle formation

•   Physical exercise

•   Metabolism

•   Chronic pain

•   Cardiovascular systems

•   Stress

•   Skin

•   Nerves

•   Bone remodelling

•   Bone growth


That’s a whole lot of responsibility for one system, we know. Which is why sometimes, your ECS can need a helping hand.


How does CBD oil fit into all of this?


CBD oil can play an important role in supporting the endocannabinoid system and helping you live a healthy, fulfilled life.


Your ECS can be balanced by the cannabiniods in CBD, giving your body everything it needs to function to its full potential. The cannabiniods in CBD interact with the ECS – but the way in which this actually works is debated even now by the experts. Some believe that CBD prevents the body’s endocannabinoids from breaking down, allowing their impact on the body to be enhanced. Others are certain that the CBD molecules bind to an undiscovered receptor within the ECS.


Either way, the experts agree that CBD can have a positive impact on the ECS, and help reduce a range of negative symptoms that the body experiences.


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