The biggest and most well-known benefit from consumption of CBD oil is the regulation of the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. But what exactly is the ECS, and what does it do to help our bodies?
What is Your Body Endocannabinoid System?
Simply put, the ECS is a system of receptors found in the brain and all through the body via the nervous system, ending up in all sorts of organs, glands, tissues, and cells. The main job of the ECS is to keep the body at a level known as homeostasis.
Homeostasis is your body’s ability to keep your internal environment stable, no matter what the conditions are in the outside environment. Your body seeks to maintain homeostasis by regulating things such as your hunger levels, pain levels, mood, memory, immune system functions, and more. If one or more of these gets too high or too low, your body will take swift action to correct it, keeping your body at a stable level. Once homeostasis is reached, your body reaches a sort of “sweet spot” allowing it to function more efficiently.
The ECS also contains metabolic enzymes, which are involved with the body’s organs and tissues on a cellular level, working to grow and maintain operational cells, as well as repairing damaged ones.
What are Endocannabinoid Receptors?
CBD oil works to help the ECS achieve and maintain homeostasis in several ways. The ECS has two endocannabinoid receptors that endocannabinoids can attach to. CB1 receptors are all over the brain and central nervous system, as well as the cerebellum and both male and female reproductive systems. They assist in supporting the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are located in the peripheral nervous system and help to control activity related to the immune system. CBD can effectively attach to both types of receptors, insuring the essential systems running your body are working efficiently and to increase your feelings of wellness.
An important thing to keep in mind when talking about any system of the body is bioavailability. This means the ability of your body to actually break down and use any medicine you ingest. If you had an upset stomach and took some antacid tablets, but your body had no way of breaking down and using them, they would have no effect regardless of how many you took. This is important to keep in mind when designing any product designed to be consumed – it needs to contain substances the body can actually break down and work with. CBD is rich in phytocannabinoids that help regulate the ECS; however, they are unable to break down in water, which limits their effectiveness.
Can CBD Help Neurological Disorders?
Since the ECS is a system directly connected to the brain, CBD has been shown to have a direct impact on controlling the effects of certain neurological disorders. Research on CBD and its effects on neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy is still in its infancy, but the results so far are highly positive. It has been shown to decrease the frequency of seizures in epileptic patients and reduce muscle spasms in patients with MS.
CBD has shown promising results with its impact on the ECS and how it runs effectively. If you would like to learn more, contact us, we would love to set up a time to talk.