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Communicating with your body - Homeostasis and the ECS
Your body is a temple, constantly working to achieve homeostasis - a state of balance and harmony.
While researching THC in the 1990s, scientists stumbled across a system they identified as the ECS (endocannabinoid system).
In the process of mapping out the effects of cannabis on the body, they found the body consisted of neurotransmitters (cannabinoids) and receptors that directly function with the body’s processes working to achieve an optimal state internally (homeostasis).
Cannabinoids interact with receptors to manage the way we respond to internal and external “insults” like pain, anxiety, stress, and more.
The naturally occurring cannabinoids in our bodies are known as endocannabinoids, while the cannabinoids found in plants are known as phytocannabinoids. These phytocannabinoids very closely mimic the characteristics of endocannabinoids, assisting our ECS to maintain homeostasis, making cannabis a powerful tool.
According to several recent studies, receptors of the ECS are found throughout our nervous system, cells, skin, intestines, muscles, bones, organs and fat tissue, with abilities to effect our mood, metabolism, memory, immune and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids and the ECS have also been found throughout a variety of vertebrates, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
So when considering consuming CBD, the ECS is a valid piece of the puzzle. Individual needs come into play, as well as the importance of a well-made, effective product. This is why we carefully vet all of the brands we work with. The conversation around technique also continues. Like whether to use topicals or tinctures - where external use may be more effective when dealing with skin or muscles. As research gains momentum and support, findings are promising and already useful.