The Endocannabinoid System & You
Part 1 in a 3-Part Series
Part 2: How does the Endocannabinoid System Work?
Part 3: Supporting the Endocannibinoid System
Have you ever stopped to consider why hemp and cannabis can provide such a wide range of therapeutic benefits? From soothing anxiety to providing pain relief, calming inflammation and boosting immune function-to name just a few of the things these plants can do!
The answer lies in the elegant synergy between nature and our own bodies, a synergy that began evolving in life on this planet hundreds of millions of years ago and is found not only in human beings but in all mammals and many other creatures, too.
Hemp and cannabis have been cultivated and used by humans for thousands of years. In fact, the first uses of hemp date back more than 10,000 years to early Asia and it was among the first plants we domesticated.
Originally hemp fiber was used to make clothes, shoes, sails, ropes, and paper. As people became more and more familiar with the plant, hemp seeds and oils were used in cooking or eaten raw. The first recorded medicinal use of hemp is dated around 2700 B.C., and only a century ago cannabis-based tinctures and other preparations were commonly found on pharmacy shelves.
Hemp and cannabis have been used for thousands of years for various purposes, but thanks to modern science and research we are only now touching the surface of what this amazing plant has to offer.
While we began isolating individual active compounds in hemp and cannabis (called phytocannabinoids) in 1895, it wasn’t until about a century later that we came to understand how and why hemp and cannabis affect our bodies.
This understanding came through a series of monumental discoveries, and because of the efforts of many research scientists spanning the U.S. and in Israel. These researchers were able to identify the receptors that make use of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and from there we soon came to understand that our bodies produce their own cannabis-like compounds. This lead to the discovery of an ancient biological system present in humans and all kinds of living creatures on the planet, from sea-squirts to horses, bats to whales.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (also referred to as the ECS) is an innate biological system that not only makes use of the phytocannabinoids (like CBD or THC) in hemp and cannabis, but produces its own endogenous cannabinoids on demand (called endocannabinoids) for various uses.
The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is a state of balance the body is continuously working to achieve in the face of the many internal and external stressors we face every minute of every day: everything from the common cold virus to environmental pollutants, internal stress, and emotional states.
The ECS has a large umbrella of influence. It has both direct and indirect impacts on our most basic biological functions and influences how we “relax, eat, sleep, forget and protect,” as famously described by Italian researcher Vincenzo Di Marzo.
Decision making, cognition, emotions, learning, memory, regulation of movement, anxiety, stress, fear, appetite, and sense of reward are all affected by the ECS.
According to Dr. Robert Melamede, a biologist that devoted his career to the study of the endocannabinoid system, you can think of the ECS as a taskmaster that is constantly adjusting and readjusting the complex network of molecular thermostats that control our physiological tempo — and our bodies like to keep this tempo balanced.
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