What is the Human Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid System is a natural system present in every human body, regardless of whether cannabis is used or not. It is responsible for upholding your body’s natural balance. It helps you maintain your mood, your sleep cycles, your appetite, your memory, and it also regulates reproduction and fertility.
What are Endocannabinoids?
Endocannabinoids are molecules that serve the same function as cannabinoids, but endocannabinoids occur naturally in your body, whereas cannabinoids are found in hemp plants. The endocannabinoids produced by your body help keep internal functions running smoothly, maintaining your natural state of homeostasis. Your body produces them as needed but taking full-spectrum CBD can help improve your body’s ability to produce more endocannabinoids naturally.
The Endocannabinoid System has receptors spread all throughout your body, with the highest concentrations in
the brain, along the spine, and throughout the immune system. Cannabinoids like endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids bind to them to send a signal that tells the system to take action. The Endocannabinoid System is made up of two types of receptors:
Primarily found in the central nervous system, mostly in the brain and along the spine but also in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. They play an important role in cognition, memory, emotion, mood, and motivation.
Primarily found in the immune system, gastrointestinal system, and peripheral organs and tissues. They play an important role in regulating pain, inflammation, and especially immune function.
Cannabinoids can bind to either type of receptor and the affects you will feel depend on which receptor the cannabinoid binds to, and where in the body that receptor is located. So, if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety, the cannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in the brain to help you find balance. If you are feeling stomach pain, the cannabinoids might target CB2 receptors in the gastrointestinal to help.