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No doubt you’ve come across the term before – the Endocannabinoid System– but what is it and what does it have to do with CBD?
The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is a complex system that involves the regulation of many processes within the human body. The word “endocannabinoid” comes from “endo” meaning originating inside the body and “cannabinoid” which are the group of compounds that activate this system.
Whether you use CBD or not, the ECS exists and is active in your body – it is a completely natural and normal part of the human body, just like the nervous system, digestive system, and skeletal system.
The Endocannabinoid system is composed of two parts, endocannabinoids and their receptors which are found throughout your body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, or to maintain a balanced environment in the body in response to changes in the world around you. In order to maintain homeostasis, the body relies on the endocannabinoid system to regulate body processes and keep it in balance.
Endocannabinoids bind to their receptors in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action. This could be a CB1 receptor (mostly found in the nervous system) or a CB2 receptor (mostly found in the immune and gastrointestinal system).
Endocannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The effects that result depend on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid it binds to.
For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain. Others might bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body is experiencing inflammation and to take action.
The ECS is built to be self-sufficient and therefore it naturally produces its own cannabinoids. However, science is beginning to discover that the endocannabinoid system needs to be supplemented with additional cannabinoids in order to maintain optimal body functions and homeostasis.
When you consume cannabinoids, terpenes, or phytocannabinoids (found in plants), they add additional cannabinoids to the body that can bind with the CB1 or CB2 receptors within the ECS system.
CBD – or cannabidiol – is a type of naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that can stimulate the cannabinoid receptors and help regulate these important processes within the body, like sleep, pain, inflammation, anxiety, and mood. This can help maintain balance and enhance overall wellness.
To help focus on the benefit you are looking for when using CBD, it’s important to remember that every body is different. You might want to feel more relaxed in order to get a good night’s sleep, while someone else is seeking to relieve inflammation. Or maybe you are looking for a multifaceted approach towards a healthy lifestyle.
Finding the right CBD dosage for your body is equally important, as every person has a unique biology that results in a different reaction. Taking a daily dose can help sustain a level of CBD in your body, which might stimulate your endocannabinoid system to make it react more to cannabinoids like CBD.
It is with this mindset that Original Hemp has developed targeted CBD products, by pairing clinically studied ingredients such as vitamins, extracts and terpenes with the highest quality CBD – setting them apart from the many CBD brands out there.
The result are unique doctor-formulated capsules, tinctures and gummies that are carefully crafted to address your specific needs – whether that’s falling asleep peacefully, waking up energized, or getting through the day with less stress, anxiety or pain. Essentially making it possible for you to tailor your CBD journey to your individual goals.
The Endocannabinoid System is a naturally present, active part of your body dedicated to maintaining balance every day, all day and night. CBD can help give it a boost and provide benefits where your body may need some help, especially when taken regularly to help build it up in your system.
Give your Endocannabinoid System a boost and set off on your Original journey today. The best time to start is today!