A lot of people are asking: “How can CBD offer such a wide variety of powerful results for things ranging from anxiety, neurodegeneration, to even auto-immune disorders?” The answer lies not so much in CBD (Cannabidiol) itself, rather how CBD is working to augment the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System (endo meaning ‘within’) is a biological system focused on mediating physiological balance, fundamentally known as homeostasis. Some of the first homeostatic functions we often hear from clients are a better night’s sleep, regulated appetite, and reduced anxiety. These are a few of the first indicators that the CBD is kicking in and starting to help boost our natural production of endocannabinoids. An Endocannabinoid System can be found in all living beings with vertebrae. Scientists have estimated that the ECS, bridging mind and body, was discovered over 600 million years ago. Although the ECS is seemingly ancient, modern man has just started to scratch the surface in this arena of health and science. The ECS is one of, if not the most influential system in the body that works to keep other bodily systems (endocrine, immune, muscular, etc.) in check and balance. By acknowledging that our human bodies have receptors specifically designed to absorb cannabinoids (made by our own bodies or found in various foods and plants) is a clear indicator that CBD and our Endocannabinoid system has a long line of exploration, with a ring of promise for people with severe chronic illness as well as everyday preventative maintenance. To understand the basic functionality of this system, there are 3 important components to consider.
- Our naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors.
- Our naturally produced Endogenous cannabinoids.
- Our metabolic enzymes which break down cannabinoids.