In this definitive guide, we breakdown the difference between hemp and marijuana. We explore the compounds found in cannabis plants. We look at the endocannabinoid system and how it creates balance in our bodies when interacting with CBD. We look at the various types of CBD oil and their benefits and side effects. We talk about dosage and why it’s important to start low.
The Cannabis Plant
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1What is the Endocannabinoid System
2 Three parts of the ECS
3 Cannabinoid Receptors
4 What is Homeostasis?
5 Key Takeaways
What Is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is named after its interactions with cannabis compounds. “Endo” means it’s produced naturally in our bodies, and “cannabinoid” is a compound from cannabis plants. So put it all together, and “endocannabinoid” is a naturally occurring compound from cannabis that our bodies interact with and produce.
The endocannabinoid system is named after its interactions with cannabis compounds.
The Three Parts of the ECS :
Cannabinoids are body produces
2 CBD Receptors
Receptors in the nervous system and throughout our body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with.
Enzymes that assist in breaking down cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.
Not only is the ECS a natural part of our bodies. It's responsible for regulating crucial body functions independently and synergistically. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is Crucial for Homeostasis!
What is homeostasis?
Homeostasis is the idea that we must strive to keep all our systems in balance. In short, it’s your body’s way to keep all of your internal conditions stable and optimal at all times, no matter what’s going on around you. Homeostasis is just like that thing in your car that checks engine performance, the cooling system, the fuel system — all of those things that are responsible for optimal operation and comfort.
For example, if we are hungry, our stomachs may rumble to tell us it needs food. When our bodies are too hot, we sweat to cool down. Our bodies' automatic systems can be too high or low, which activates the ECS. The ECS corrects these issues and restores balance.
What are Cannabinoid receptors ?
The ECS performs these functions through cannabinoid receptors found in select systems within our body. We have two types of cannabinoid receptors:
The human body reacts to the ECS with such remarkable surgical precision that it can manage certain hormones without disrupting the immune or digestive system at all.
Enzymes bind to prevent the ECS from going too far and upsetting the balance in the opposite direction. As you can see, it’s an precise response.