Chances are you remember learning about various bodily systems in biology 101. However, there’s one part of our physiology that often gets omitted in high school textbooks. In fact, for most of the 20th century, many people didn’t even know what the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was.
While the ECS may seem like a cannabis fan’s wild fantasy, there’s no denying it’s a real part of the human body. Researchers now believe the ECS is crucial for keeping our bodies well-balanced. Even more impressive, hemp cannabinoids interact with the ECS, which may account for the many purported benefits of CBD.
So, what is the ECS, and why is it so crucial to good health? While we don’t have all the facts on the ECS, let’s take a peek at the latest research to better understand this fascinating system.
The Great Equalizer: What We Know About the ECS
To put it simply, the ECS is a collection of receptors and messenger molecules that help maintain a sense of internal balance. Every scientist who studies the ECS notes how this system helps promote internal homeostasis.
Our bodies produce endocannabinoids with similar properties to the phytocannabinoids found in cannabis. Rather than getting us high, these endocannabinoids send essential messages to our CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the day. There’s now research that shows the ECS is directly involved in regulating our appetite, mood, and sleep patterns.
When our ECS goes out of whack for whatever reason, it may trigger chronic issues. For instance, recent studies show migraine patients have fewer endocannabinoids on average. Scientists are also investigating whether clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could be responsible for other conditions like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and PTSD.
As you can imagine, keeping our endocannabinoid system homeostasis healthy is of utmost importance if we want to feel at our best. Thankfully, it appears hemp may have powerful non-psychoactive effects on our ECS.
CBD and Homeostasis — How Hemp May Influence the ECS
When you hear testimonials on our CBD products, you’ll soon notice CBD has more than one potential use. Customers attribute so many benefits to CBD that newcomers understandably claim it’s too good to be true.
However, the reason why CBD may have so many effects has to do with the ECS’s various functions. Since cannabinoids like CBD have a similar structure to our endocannabinoids, they interact with the ECS in unique ways.
However, unlike the intoxicating cannabinoid THC, CBD doesn’t interact with our CB1 receptors that cause the psychoactive effects. Some studies suggest CBD may even block THC signaling in the brain.
Instead, CBD appears to enhance anandamide production, which plays a crucial role in mood regulation and sleep cycles. There’s evidence now that CBD interacts with our serotonin receptors. Popularly called the “happy neurotransmitter,” serotonin plays a critical function in various bodily processes like appetite and emotional well-being.
There’s also new evidence that our ECS extends to the skin layer. As we mentioned in a previous post, CBD topicals seem to work by dampening nerve signaling in our skin’s CB2 receptors. This may be why Aspen’s Maximum Relief Salve has such a profound impact on joint and muscle relief. Be sure to read more about how CBD interacts with our skin on this blog.
Don’t Let Daylight Saving Drag You Down! Use CBD To Reset Your Circadian Rhythm
As daylight saving time draws near, now is a fantastic time to prep your circadian rhythm for a new sleep schedule. One simple way to ease your body into bed is to take our Deep Sleep Capsules. Each of these all-natural capsules contains our finest hemp-derived CBD plus herbs like chamomile. There are also traces of the sleep hormone melatonin to help you mellow out even on the most challenging day. We’d recommend taking our Deep Sleep Capsules at least 30 minutes before bed for the best results.
By the way, you can find out more expert tips on using CBD for insomnia in this previous post.