The endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its components.
The endocannabinoid system is considered the largest network of neurotransmitters in your body. It works toward maintaining homeostasis, which is the natural balance of our physical and mental abilities when responding to an internal or external physiological change. The ECS works in a very precise way and will only regulate certain systems that are out of balance leaving alone those that are working properly.
The three most important component responsible for well-balanced ECS are endocannabinoids, receptors (CB1 and CB2) and metabolic enzymes.
Endocannabinoid are activated when there is an imbalance in the body. They are made in the membranes of post synaptic neurons and are derived from lipid-based molecules.
They attach to either CB1 receptors, highly concentrated in the brain and nervous system regulating mood, emotions, movement, appetite, and memories. CB2 receptors are mostly found in the immune system and several major organs regulating pain and inflammation.
Once the system is regulated endocannabinoids are broken down by metabolic enzymes.
Endocannabinoid deficiency can be caused by either not producing enough endocannabinoids, not having enough CB1 or CB2 receptors, producing too many metabolic enzymes that break down most of the endocannabinoids or miscommunication between endocannabinoids and receptors.
As expected, the main culprits for causing endocannabinoid deficiency relates to lack of sleep, stress and improper nutrition.
Why take CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a plant cannabinoid and can help regulate the ECS by boosting your natural endocannabinoids. It can also prevent metabolic enzymes from breaking down endocannabinoids too quickly. Plant cannabinoids (CBD) influence the receptors indirectly by modulating them to respond to cannabinoids making it a safe, natural and effective way to balance all other body systems.