The Endocannabinoid System

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is a system in our bodies comprised of receptors that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.  In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was found in the brain of a rat. The team of researchers discovered that these receptors interacted exclusively with receptors found in the cannabis compound (THC). What was even more surprising is that the receptors were found concentrated in parts of the brain responsible for mental and physiological processes (i.e. memory, emotion, and motor coordination). In 1993, a second cannabinoid receptor was identified. This receptor was distributed throughout the immune system and peripheral tissues, this receptor was proved to be the same as the previous one, interacting exclusively with the cannabis compound. It was then that researchers realized they were onto something. Then, in 1955 researchers discovered that the two receptors―now named the CB1 and CB2 receptors―were found not only in rats, but within thousands of other species, including humans. As technology advanced, researchers were able to further document the relationship between the cannabinoid receptors within our body (endocannabinoids) and the cannabinoid receptors in the cannabis compound (phytocannabinoids (CBD and THC)). What they found was an entirely unknown system between phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. They deemed this system the Endocannabinoid System. While the researchers had not yet linked these signals to any health benefits, this was a huge breakthrough because it revealed one profound fact; our bodies were designed to interact with cannabinoids.


How does CBD Interact with your Endocannabinoid System?

Research reveals that when CBD bonds with the CB1 or CB2 receptors, it alters and/or improves the capabilities of that receptor, thereby improving the receptors functionality. Additionally, if the body suffers from cannabinoid deficiency, administering CBD can help equalize the deficiency (studies suggest that cannabinoids are a finite resource, and the deficiency of cannabinoids can result in headaches, irritability, and other health issues). Basically, CBD is a power-up for our Endocannabinoid System. By bonding with our body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, it not only helps to maintain vital health functions, it also helps to restore the homeostasis within the body. This is the reason for almost all its health benefits.


Final Thoughts

There are hundreds of case studies supporting CBD as an effective treatment for dozens of conditions. It’s all because of our body’s endocannabinoid System, so make sure to give it a big thank you and take care of it! Cannabis compounds like CBD and THC are on this planet with us for a reason! The fact that whatever created us, designed our anatomy with parts linked directly to Cannabis, is mind-blowing and not a fact to be ignored.