What is the Endocannabinoid System?

Did you know that the human body is naturally wired with Endocannabinoid receptors? These receptors, CB1 and CB2, are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids (endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to the cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid receptor proteins.)

To simplify, imagine a lock and key, allowing pathways for the body to properly communicate and defend against illness. These receptors are located throughout the body and maintain balance on a cellular level, promoting overall health.

The ECS was initially discovered in 1990, when scientists researched the healing properties of Cannabis, and quickly learned that the human body’s endocannabinoids actually mirror the phyto-cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant.

Many people question how one plant can miraculously cure and relieve so many ailments – but with a closer look at this internal system, the puzzle pieces perfectly come together with a scientific, and very rational answer. With receptors found in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous system lining the body, the ECS synergistically regulates the central control of energy balance and metabolic processes.

The ECS is active before birth and throughout the entire duration of our lives, working as a vital mechanism for homeostasis. Our bodies are constantly creating these endocannabinoids, however, some people are deficient and therefore require additional support. Deficiency of these molecules may lead to a variety of diseases related to the immune and nervous systems. Conditions often include: inflammation, pain, nausea, the side effects of diseases, obesity, diabetes and related complications, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuro-degenerative, immune issues, musculoskeletal, organ disorders, psychiatric disorders, cancer and chemo-therapy-induced affects, among many others, all of which proper modulation of the ECS can therapeutically manage, reduce, and even cure. This system is also involved in a variety of physiological processes such as appetite, sensation, mood, and memory. Ultra low dosages of cannabinoids can offer additional support, relieve symptoms, and not only manage, but actually up-regulate the ECS, allowing the body to live at maximum efficiency in optimal health.

Knowledge of the ECS allows people to take a hands-on approach to their personal health, and has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry from an entirely natural perspective.

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