The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a major organ system in our body that helps in maintaining our overall health and well-being.
We have been taught in the school of the eleven major organ systems in the human body – circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous, endocrine, immune, integumentary, skeletal, muscle, and reproductive system. ECS may not be as popular as the others but it is nonetheless just as important. The Endocannabinoid system promotes homeostasis that affects most of the physiological functions of our body. It helps to regulate your mood, appetite, sleep pain, and inflammations.
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The Endocannabinoid System has three major elements:
- Cannabinoid Receptors
- Metabolic Enzymes
Cannabinoid Receptors transfer information from outside to the inside of the cells. They relay any changes so that your body can apply the needed process to keep your body in balance. Endocannabinoids are molecules that attach to cannabinoid receptors. These are naturally produced within the body. What is amazing is that these molecules are created when they are needed and used exactly what they were made for. Once the endocannabinoids have been used or are no longer necessary, the metabolic enzymes break them down so that their effects can no longer persist.
The Endocannabinoid System is activated only when it is needed. If your body has an infection, your immune system releases molecules to fight off the bacteria in your body. The ECS is triggered and Endocannabinoid molecules are released. The endocannabinoid molecules adjust the body’s inflammatory response. It regulates the process of treating your body of the infection without being excessive and restoring your health to its balanced state.
The Endocannabinoid system is a regulatory system that keeps your body in balance.
Research has shown that when the ECS is functioning correctly then our body is in tip-top shape. But when the ECS is disrupted, certain conditions like stress, migraines, and anxiety disorders arise. Supplementing with hemp oil products can relieve the symptoms and help restore health. The CBD present in the hemp plant mimics the effects of the natural endocannabinoid produced by the body. Small, regular doses of cannabinoids from hemp enhance the body’s Endocannabinoid system.
Hemp oil is an effective alternative treatment for a wide range of conditions.
The importance of how the Endocannabinoid system works and how hemp oil supports it can radically change medical treatments. The more we know about the Endocannabinoid system and what it does, the more that we can understand how it can impact our health and our life.