The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the early 1990’s marked the beginning of the hemp revolution we are now immersed in. The breakthrough was made while studying THC, the famous cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. The thing is, we are more similar to these plants than what we ever thought possible since we, as well, produce our very own set of Cannabinoids.
Thanks to science, we now know that when our bodies fail to produce enough endocannabinoids, we can supplement with phytocannabinoids (the ones made by plants, such as CBD) and help restore balance.
As Francis Bacon said, knowledge is power. So, in an attempt to empower each one of you reading this article, we’ll take a short tour through the mechanics of the ECS so that you can understand how this crucial system works and what you can do to help it (and your body) thrive.
The ECS, also known as endogenous cannabinoid system, is a signaling system that dialogues with all the other bodily systems and ensures everything is working well. Its main goal is to create and maintain homeostasis or equilibrium.
Whenever there is an issue that threatens balance, endocannabinoids that are produced by enzymes travel to the problematic area and bind to cannabinoid receptors (located all over the body), triggering a response from the system in question that, in turn, resolves the matter. Imagine you are at the beach, and it is a very hot day. Without the ECS, your body would heat up in response to the environment, without a limit. But, thanks to this precious balance craving system, the enzymes wake up, produce a set of endocannabinoids that travel all over your body, bind to receptors and make you sweat.
So, what can you do to help your ECS thrive and live in equilibrium?
Apart from leading a healthy lifestyle, you can supplement with hemp derived cannabinoids.
Out of all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids in hemp, CBD is the most beneficial for our bodies. It is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, appetite stimulant and neuroprotector.