What is The Endocannabinoid System?

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That is a very good question and we’re glad you asked. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered to exist inside our bodies during research on the effects of the cannabis plant on humans in the 90s. In fact the ECS exists within all mammals and is essentially in charge of keeping us well balanced and happy. 

But how exactly does it work? The ECS is a biological system that is full of receptors and neurotransmitters. Imagine your insides as one big spider web, it’s all connected but very fragile. You see, the ECS has a whole bunch of receptors that are opened by Cannabinoids produced in your body to create a range of benefits. Think of it as a kind of lock and key system. The only problem is that sometimes our body has a bit of trouble producing the right keys. Not to worry though, there are things you can do to help. 


What does this mean for you?

Sometimes your body just needs a bit of a helping hand to keep that balance right. Introducing external cannabinoids into your system can often be just the thing your ECS is craving.  

The cannabis plant is a phytocannabinoid, which means it grows under sunlight, and can directly interact with your ECS to help it unlock some of those pesky doors and bring you back into balance (homeostasis). This balance helps regulate a whole load of things from sleep and mood to pain and inflammation.

Basically there are two main receptors within your ECS, those being CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors work within your brain and spinal cord and have been shown to help with regulating appetite, mood, memory processes and to reduce pain. CB2 receptors are known to help with the reduction of inflammation throughout the body.

Quite beneficial then, right? Whether you’re looking to reduce levels or anxiety or alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to help people around the world with a whole range of problems affecting their day to day happiness. CBD is a natural Cannabinoid that can work within your body to keep your ECS balanced even if the world around you is forever changing. 

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