The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a system of cell receptors found in the bodies of all mammals which helps maintain homeostasis and good health. Humans have several types of cannabinoid receptors in their ECS, but the two major ones are known as CB1 and CB2, which primarily govern the immune system and nervous system.
These ECS receptors found throughout our bodies have evolved to perfectly mesh with the over 80 phytocannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants, interacting with each other in the same way a key fits into a lock. It is this interaction of phytocannabinoids “locking into” the ECS that induces the physiological effects of the plant.
In simple terms, this is where the magic happens. When the CBD phytocannabinoid links with an ECS receptor, it administers the robust healing properties of the plant, which has been identified by scientists as a “potent treatment modality” against inflammation.
Because the ECS helps regulate various biological functions, including energy & balance, immune system, memory, metabolism, sleep, and the function of the nervous system, it is incredibly beneficial to overall health when these anti-inflammatory phytocannabinoids link up with your ECS receptors.
While current knowledge around the ECS and how it interacts with phytocannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants is very promising, there is still much research to be done.