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What is the Endocannabinoid System?

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The ECS is a complex cell-signaling system intricately linked to our brain, organs, glands, immune cells, and connective tissues. While the full scope of its functions is still being explored, researchers have found that the ECS plays a role in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and fertility.

How Does the ECS Interact with Cannabis?

The ECS comprises three main components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring molecules produced by our bodies to maintain internal balance. Cannabis contains cannabinoids, primarily THC and CBD, which interact with our ECS similarly to our natural endocannabinoids.

Because both endocannabinoids and cannabinoids operate in parallel ways, our ECS receptors (CB1 & CB2) can process them effectively.

The Different Roles of THC and CBD

THC and CBD, the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis, interact with the ECS in distinct ways, resulting in different effects on the body.

THC mimics our natural endocannabinoids, binding to CB1 & CB2 receptors and producing the euphoric "high" often associated with cannabis. However, excessive THC binding can also lead to feelings of paranoia and anxiety.

On the other hand, CBD has a unique interaction with the ECS. While its exact role is still under investigation, researchers believe that CBD prevents the breakdown of natural endocannabinoids by ECS enzymes. This leads to an increase in endocannabinoid levels, which are associated with mood regulation, sleep, and other benefits.

As a result, CBD can promote feelings of relaxation, energy, or balance without the intoxicating effects of THC.

So, whether you’re a seasoned CBD user or new to the movement, it’s been proved that CBD does help your body regulate and improve.

After all, there is a little cannabinoid inside all of us.

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