What is The Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System is a structure in our bodies which comprises of receptors which interact with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. However, the synergy between the systems is being faded away by the decades of cannabis prohibition, causing a lack of research. To fully understand and comprehend the working and benefits of CBD, you should understand the Endocannabinoid System and here is a comprehensive guide.
The History of the Endocannabinoid System
Back in the year 1988, a team of researchers discovered the first cannabinoid receptor in a rat’s brain. The receptors were found to exclusively interact with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a receptor found in the Cannabis compound. Surprising enough, the receptors were more concentrated in the parts of the brain responsible for physiological processes such as motor coordination and memory.
Another cannabinoid receptor was discovered five years later in 1993. The receptor dominated the immune system and parts of the body’s peripheral tissues. The receptors showed the same reaction to THC as the first. This intensified the zeal for more research.
In 1995, the researchers found out that the receptors were not only in rats but lots of species, this included human beings. Advancement of technology and research input leads to an analysis of the relationship between the cannabinoid receptors in the human body ‘Endocannabinoids’ and the receptors in the cannabis compounds ‘Phytocannabinoids’.
The research led to discovering of a signaling system between the two types of receptors and the system was named the Endocannabinoid System shortened as ECS.
The Endocannabinoid System and CBD
With some background information about the Endocannabinoid system, let’s take a look at its interaction with CBD (one of the Phytocannabinoids) in benefiting the body.
More relationships have been established between Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids since the discovery of ECS. According to researches, since the Endocannabinoids are located in numerous parts of the body, they can help in the maintenance of the functions, including the immune system.
Just like a machine, poor maintenance and care of our bodies lead to tissue damages and natural premature aging. Improper maintenance makes the parts of the body reduce functioning. This can, in turn, affect the whole functioning of the body as well as cause health problems.
Researchers revealed that when CB1 and CB2 receptors bond with CBD, the capability of the receptors are improved hence improving their functionality.
More so, when the body is faced by a deficiency in the cannabinoid levels, administering of CBD helps equalizes the deficiency restoring the normal system functioning. Deficiency of cannabinoids is characterized by irritability, headaches and other health-related issues.
When bonded with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies, CBD helps in the maintenance of important health functions and restoration of the body’s homeostatic functions too. This proves to be the base of cannabinoids benefits to human health.
Benefits of CBD
Normal body functioning is brought out by a balance in all the components. Too much or a deficiency of one or more of the components leads to an imbalance which disrupts the normal functioning of the body. Anxiety, stress, depression, and inflammation are some of the signs of unbalanced body components.
CBD provides a perfect solution since it regulates the brain’s response to stress hence relieving one from stress and anxiety. CBD also suppresses inflammation by stimulating the production of pain perception and growth regulating cells.
More research is ongoing to support the effectiveness of cannabinoids in the human system. Cannabinoids and other cannabis compounds such as THC and CBD have a reason for existence in maintenance and betterment of the Endocannabinoid system.