The Endocannabinoid Sytem; What is it, How Does It Work & How It Affects You
Not many people realise this, but every single one of us, including mammals, have an endocannabinoid system. What is the endocannabinoid system, how does it work and how does it effect your everyday life? In this blog, we will take a look at what makes this specific network in our bodies tick.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannibinoids are found throughout the human body; the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells. The cannibinoid system is responsible for performing various tasks but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
How does the endocannibinoid system work?
Autophagy (a process in which a cell sequesters part of its contents to be self-digested and recycled) keeps normal cells alive but also has a deadly effect on malignant tumour cells, causing them to consume themselves in a programmed cellular suicide. The death of cancer cells, of course, promotes homeostasis and survival at the level of the entire organism.
“Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are also found at the intersection of the body’s various systems, allowing communication and coordination between different cell types. At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.”
How does it affect you?
Because cannabinoid receptors are found in so many places in the body, they are crucial for optimal health. In fact, they play a significant role in regulating many bodily functions like:
- Appetite, digestion, hunger
- Motor control
- Immune function
- Reproduction and fertility
- Pleasure and reward
- Temperature regulation
Endocannabinoids are the chemical keys that fit with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to tell your body when to get these processes started and when it’s time to stop. When this system is disrupted, you may experience dysfunction in some or all of the bodily processes listed above.
How do you maintain the body’s endocannibinoid system?
The body produces some of its own endocannabinoids, but we get most of them from food, especially omega 3 fatty acids. CBD products such as oral oil, e-liquids, teas or edibles can also be used to boost and maintain the body’s ECS.
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