Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Every single person has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) whether they’ve consumed cannabis before in their lives or not. It is a series of receptors, enzymes, transport molecules and ligands, which acts as a “master regulator” for other systems within the body.
Humans and mammals all have an ECS, and we have evolved with Cannabinoids. Yes, including your animal companion! They also have an ECS inside their body, which means CBD will also be effective on them.
The ECS systems essentially regulates all of the basic functions and patterns our body has to deal with including:
- Immune Function
- Neuroprotection and development
- Digestion Reproduction
CBD relates to the ECS by balancing and upregulating the ECS. Researches show that CBD can help rebalance and bring homeostasis to the body.
There are two types of Cannabinoids:
Cannabinoids produced naturally by the human body
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Cannabinoids produced by plants such as ons you take in from consuming Cannabis
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Cannabinoid receptors are found all over the body. The way how CBD and THC bind with the receptors largely affect the effects they have on us.
- Doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors
- Works indirectly by inhibiting enzymes and proteins to affect the ECS
- Therefore no psychoactive effects but restores body function
- Can even counteract effect of THC by attaching to CB1 receptor causing change of shape, thus lesser binding of THC, producing a lesser psychoactive effect
- Binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors
- CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain and Central Nervous System
- Shape of THC fits perfectly with CB1
- Therefore producing a “high” due to the psychoactive effects