The human body is the most complicated and efficient machine in the world. It’s made of different parts and systems that keep working round the clock in a fully automated way and control hundreds of functions that you aren’t even aware of. One such system that plays an integral part in the functioning of the human body is the endocannabinoid system. This post talks about ECS, its importance, and how it’s affected by CBD.
What Is Endocannabinoid System?
According to The AlcHempist, the endocannabinoid system was first identified way back in the 1990s by a team of researchers that was originally exploring THC. For those of you who don’t know, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a well-known compound called cannabinoid that is found in cannabis.
The last thirty years have been revolutionary when it comes to studies revolving around the endocannabinoid system. It plays a critical role in regulating a host of functions in the human body, including sleep, appetite, mood, reproduction, and memory.
That being said, regardless of whether you use CBD or not, ECS in your body is fully active. It comprises three components — enzymes, receptors, and endocannabinoids.
There are two main endocannabinoids present in the human body — anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglyerol or 2-AG. These two regulate the functioning of your body and make it smooth.
Receptors are present throughout the human body, and their main job is to bind with endocannabinoids to signal ECS regarding any actions that need to be taken whenever required. Receptors are of two types — CB1 receptors (present in the nervous system) and CB2 receptors (present in immune cells).
The role of enzymes is to break down endocannabinoids once they have carried out a specific task. Just like receptors, they are also of two types — fatty acid (amide hydrolyze) and monoacylglycerol.
ECS regulates and controls many functions in the human body, including appetite, metabolism, chronic pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, cardiovascular system, muscle formation, bone remodeling, skin and nerve functioning, reproduction and fertility, and stress management. CBD reacts with ECS immediately after you consume it, and therefore, has a direct impact on all the functions mentioned above.