The ECS Effects The:
- Central Nervous System
- Gastrointestinal System
- Immune System
- Brain Cells
There are two main endocannabinoid receptors in your ESC, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). CB1 Receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system with a role in coordination, metabolism, and pain relief. while CB2 receptors are mostly found in the immune system with a protective role. They serve as gatekeepers and may accept or reject cannabinoids and signal when certain compounds are needed.
How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work?
Cannabinoids, their receptors, and endocannabinoid molecules all play a role in helping the Endocannabinoid properly balance your bodily functions. Your body produces endocannabinoids and you receive some from your diet. The endocannabinoids help match the correct cannabinoid cells with certain receptors to balance bodily functions as they cycle throughout the ECS.
It’s basically like taking the right key to the matching lock.
For example, they help the immune system receive the correct amount of certain cannabinoids to make sure it doesn’t have too much or too little of something. For example, ArachidonoylGlycerol (2-AG) which may help mood stability may cause hypertension if your body has too much, or depression if your body is 2-AG deprived.
When cannabinoids are left over they will either be stored and deployed when needed or broken down. Anandamide, the cannabinoid for pain relief and anxiety relief is often broken down or stored until a receptor signals the need for it.
How CBD Affects the ECS
Whole plant or full spectrum CBD contains a variety of naturally occurring cannabinoids from the original hemp plant. Thus when consumed CBD oil is extracted and consumed, your body is introduced to cannabinoids that it may need to regulate mood, appetite, immune responses, and more. Taking CBD helps prevent your ECS from becoming cannabinoid deficient.