CBD and Your Health
CBD and The Endocannabinoid System
While you might hear on most mainstream media platforms that “we need more research on Cannabis”, the truth of the matter is that we have a lot of research. Some of the earliest research on CBD can be dated back to the mid-1960s. Of course, the research wasn’t focused solely on CBD, however the presence and the medical efficacy has been known for quite some time.
To understand why promising research continues to unfold, we will have to take a closer look at the Endocannabinoid System. In the next section we’ll provide you with a brief overview of what the ECS is and why cannabis seems to be the miracle plant extract that everybody is so passionate about.
CBD AND YOU (ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM)
The endocannabinoid system is fairly a recent discovery. The first time researchers were able to clone a Cannabinoid receptor was back in 1991. A few years later, another cannabinoid receptor was discovered. For the sake of explaining the endocannabinoid system, we’ll be referring to the cannabinoid receptors as “CB1 and CB2” Receptors.
Upon the discovery of these receptors, researchers found that they are located all over the human body and seem to have a very important role in maintaining homeostasis. Homeostasis, essentially means that all your systems are functioning at optimal levels.
These networks of receptors were then later called the endocannabinoid system. The ECS is composed of two major parts – Receptors and Endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids or endogenous cannabinoids are compounds that our own body’s produce. These connect with the receptors. The reason why cannabis seems to be such a miracle plant is due to the fact that the cannabinoids found within the plant are incredibly similar to our very own endocannabinoids.
For instance, CBD mimics one of our endocannabinoids anandamide. This endocannabinoid is responsible for serotonin uptake. Often referred to the “bliss molecule” due to the fact that it is associated with regulating our moods. This molecule is responsible for keeping us happy, keeping anxiety levels down and warding off depression.
Researchers have found that when anandamide levels are low, patients tend to express more depressive attitudes and have higher levels of stress.
However, this is just one of the endocannabinoids. Other endocannabinoids regulate many other bodily functions including (but not limited to)
- Immune Response
- Cellular Life Span
This is simply what we know thus far. As we continue to research the ECS, we will surely discover more functions.