What is the Endocannabinoid system?

What is the Endocannabinoid system?

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It all starts with the marvellous human body. Every human has an Endocannabinoid system or ECS for short which is essentially a system within your body that assists the everyday function of the brain and body. 


The word endocannabinoid is created from the word “Endo” derived from the Greek language, meaning “within” or “inner” the second word is cannabinoids which are natural chemicals that are produced by the ECS. 


The ECS system works around the clock to help balance elements with the body and maintain what is known as ‘homeostasis balance’ which is what our body uses to maintain a balance with every day daily functionality. 


The human ECS system consists of receptors that these natural cannabinoids can cling on to in order to travel around the ECS system to the necessary areas of the brain and body to assist everyday functionality. 

The receptors are known as:

| CB1 (cannabinoid receptor 1) & 

| CB2 (cannabinoid receptor 2) 

Please refer to Diagram A to see where receptors are located within the ECS. 


The ECS is essentially like an internal computer which acts as a messaging link between your brain and body. This sends messages in relation to your aches & pains, stress levels, sleep, anxiety levels,  and appetite just to name but a few.

Please refer to Diagram B to see what CB1 & CB2 receptors generally target within the ECS.


After the endocannabinoids have bound to the relevant CB1 or CB2 receptors and travelled around the ECS system to the relevant area and served their purpose enzymes within the ECS system begin their work to break them down to try and prevent excessive build up in the internal system. 


When the ECS system lacks naturally occurring endocannabinoids within your body it in turn doesn’t function properly and can result in unwanted feelings throughout the body.

This is where CBD may be able to help create balance daily. 


Cannabidiol abbreviated to the more commonly known CBD as we know it is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoid found within the hemp plant or as it is more commonly known cannabis sativa L. plants. 


CBD is a phytocannabinoid that was first discovered back in the mid 1900’s. CBD is only 1 of at least 113 identified cannabinoids within a cannabis plant and it makes up a huge 40% of the plant's extract.


Unlike the cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gets the user ‘High” CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which does not cause any negative effects and has been known to have many health benefits. 


Although experts are not exactly sure how CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid system there has been research to suggest that CBD does not bind to CB1 & CB2 receptors in the same way that naturally occurring cannabinoids would.  

CBD appears to work in another magical way by preventing enzymes within the system breaking down the naturally occurring endocannabinoids and in turn brings them to life which allows them to get back to work within the ECS. 

Whilst there is still extensive on-going research into CBD and how it can help us in our daily lives, there appears to be many health benefits reported from users across the globe. These include reports from users of improved insomnia, anxiety relief, pain relief, muscle recovery & improved skin just to list a few. 


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