Your EndoCannabinoid System
*ECS Receptors in the human body
Your Endocannabinoid System
Every human and animal possesses the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is part of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The ECS is made up of lipid-based endocannabinoids and two types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). Your brain produces five different types of endocannabinoids that travel through your CNS to reach these ECS receptors, sending signals to the CB1 and CB2 receptors to achieve an action (similar to the way you would flip a light switch to make a light turn on). The ECS operates to maintain homeostasis, or balance, throughout several biological systems and directly affects daily functions like mood, appetite, and pain management.
If you have symptoms like chronic pain, arthritis, mood disorders, inflammation, or fatigue, it may be because you have an endocannabinoid deficiency or imbalance.
Phytocannabinoids vs. Endocannabinoids
Ironically enough, phytocannabinoids (phyto meaning plant, specific to the cannabis plant) and endocannabinoids (endo meaning inside or within) are very similar and tend to mimic each other's responsibilities. Introducing hemp-derived cannabinoids to your daily diet can help to promote homeostasis and in turn strengthen your immune system, reduce pain and inflammation, increase healthy cell growth, and regulate your mood, appetite and sleeping patterns.