Let’s talk about your ECS. Discovered in the late 1990’s, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system made up of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body. The ECS has four primary purposes: neuroprotection, immune response, stress relief, and regulating the body’s general state of homeostasis, which affects your appetite, mood, sleep, and pain.
CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids in hemp. There are 2 types of receptors located on cells in your body: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. These play a role in memory processing, pain sensation, motor regulation, mood, and sleep. The CB2 receptors are found on cells in the immune system, muscular system, and cardiovascular system. When activated, they stimulate a response that fights inflammation, which can reduce pain and minimize tissue damage. In 1995, researchers had not yet linked the CB1 and CB2 receptors’ signals to any health benefits, but this was a massive scientific breakthrough because this proved one thing - the human body is designed to interact with cannabinoids! CBD bonds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and research shows that it alters and/or improves the abilities of these CB1 and CB2 receptors, which improves the receptors’ functionality in general. By binding with the body’s receptors, CBD helps maintain vital health functions while helping restore balance within the body.
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with the ECS, a crucial system in the body, and the scientific and medical communities have known about it since the 1980s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools. This is part of the reason why so many people are just now hearing about the many benefits of CBD.