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What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) runs throughout your entire body and touches all major systems of the body. It's the largest neurotransmitter system in the brain. The endocannabinoid system is tasked with regulating a wide variety of bodily function such as mood, appetite, sleep hormone production, nervous system,  and immune responses.

The endocannabinoid system is comprised mainly of two receptors and a series of compounds produced inside the body. The two main receptors associated with the endocannabinoid system are the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

The CB1 and CB2 receptors are found all throughout the body. CB1 receptors are mainly found within the nervous system and the CB2 receptors are mainly found in the gut and cells of the immune system.

CBD does not directly bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors but can indirectly affect ECS receptor signaling by interacting with no less than a dozen different types of receptors, including those in the immune system, the pain signaling system, and the musculoskeletal system.

The Importance of the ECS system

Endocannabinoids are chemical messengers within the ECS system and help regulate:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Motor skills control
  • Pain management
  • Memory effectiveness
  • Sleep patterns
  • Balance of moods
  • Appetite and hunger cycles
  • Pleasure and reward
  • Optimal digestion
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • A resilient immune system
  • Temperature regulation

The ECS is possibly the most valuable biological system in maintaining human health and function. Although the ECS affects a large range of physiological processes, scientists believe that its true purpose is to help the body establish and maintain good health. CBD is an external cannabinoid source that acts as a lock and key with the ECS.

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