The Endocannabinoid System
While the ECS has a role in many things it lends a major hand in:
Some believe it behaves as a bridge between natural “mind-body” healing.
If you've ever experienced a runners high, you have switched on your own naturally occurring endocannabinoids.
As it turns out we naturally produce molecules that are similar to those found on the Cannabis plant.
In a nut shell, endocannabinoids are lipids (fats) that work with a larger signaling network, your endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short.
The ECS is found in nearly every organ of our body and through out our immune system, although the most amount of receptors are found in the brain and spinal system.
Our pets have an ECS too. In fact, all vertebrates have this system, and it was believed to have evolved nearly 6 million years ago.
These facts lead scientists to believe the ECS plays a great role in communicating signals throughout the body, and that poor communication leads to a break down in necessary functions and information to our vital organs.
These receptors are like "locks", where only certain size and shaped "keys" can fit the lock, to transmit neuro-signals and activate processes in surrounding cells and tissue.
The ECS is comprised of these receptors ("locks"), enzymes, and the endocannabinoids ("keys".)
Research suggests that the ECS controls multiple states of consciousness. The presence of receptors in the majority of our organs indicates a vital connection between body and mind.
These states of consciousness include sleep-wake cycles, emotions, pain perception, attention and other important neuro- functions.
Essentially, the ECS is a chemical communication system with a goal of maintaining homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is simply the body's way of maintaining optimum balance within a complex system.
Click here to learn more about homeostasis and our ECS.
The ECS varies from person to person, and it is believed that while some people carry a gene that prevents the "bliss molecule (similar to THC) from being broken down in the body, and therefor tend to naturally have less anxiety, the opposite end of the spectrum also occurs for others.
This other end of this spectrum tends to be deficient in endocannabinoids, which research indicates a genetic pre-disposition to major depression, and while more research is needed, major theorists speculate that low endocannabinoid function may contribute to a variety of modern conditions such as irritable bowl syndrome, fibromyalgia, general anxiety and migraines.
How can you naturally support your ECS? Exercise, a healthy diet, sleep, and meditation can all support your naturally occurring endocannabinoids & enzymes, and help maintain homeostasis in the body, in addition to supplementing naturally with hemp based phytocannabinoids, such as those found in our full spectrum hemp (Cannabis Sativa) flower extracts. Phytocannabinoids are plant derived cannabinoids (such as CBD & THC) which also work and activate our ECS.