Endocannabinoid system explained.
Endocannabinoid system explained.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is a naturally occurring chemical present in both cannabis and hemp plants.
To get this in the body, one can smoke it, extract the oil out of it and put it under your tongue.
Cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids that exist in hemp and cannabis.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid and the most abundant non-psychotropic compound found in Cannabis and Hemp plant.
CBD does not impact directly on the body system but it rather affects the endocannabinoid receptors.
These are present in the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system.
The endocannabinoid receptors will then work on the maintenance of the body homeostasis – keeping the body in a state of balance.
CBD is known to work perfectly in this aspect.
Researchers conducting studies on the effects of cannabis on the human body probably did not expect the scale of discovery that has been made in this way.
The research confirmed the presence of the endocannabinoid system in our body, which is activated under the influence of cannabinoids produced by our body and those supplied from the outside (mainly from CBD).
What is the endocannabinoid system?
At the beginning of the discussion on the cannabinoid system, it should be noted that science still has not discovered all its properties.
Intensive research has however established some undeniable facts about the effects of cannabinoids on the human body.
It is undeniable that there are cannabinoid receptors in the human body and that our body produces specific molecules that stimulate the previously mentioned receptors for specific reactions such as:
Researchers have proven that the endocannabinoid system has stimulating and regulating properties for individual processes and activities in our body.
Endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids
As the name suggests, the endocannabinoid system is an internal system, although cell receptors can also be stimulated by substances supplied from the outside, called exocannabinoids.
The most well-known source of occurrence of exocannabinoids is cannabis, in particular tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Endocannabinoids are nothing but neurotransmitters, performing an indispensable function for the proper functioning of our body, which can lead to the development of dangerous diseases.
CB1 and CB2 receptors
As mentioned earlier, endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids stimulate cellular receptors found in our body.
These receptors are divided into two basic groups: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are located on various parts of our body, including near the spine and in the cerebral area.
It is them that largely determine the pain and intensity of pain, due to the fact that they are also in the nerve endings, through which we “feel” pain.
In turn, CB2 receptors are found mainly in the immune system and in other areas of our body.
Endocannabinoid system and our health
In addition to the basic functions of the cannabinoid system, such as the regulation of basic life activities at the forefront of metabolism sleep or pain, this system also affects many other processes.
Ranging from stimulating our memory, through control of digestion, to appetite and fertility.
Ongoing research also concerns the impact of exogenous cannabinoids, in particular the impact of THC on our body.
It is known that THC affects our psyche, but at this point the game is about something else – it examines the possible impact of THC on pain relief, treatment of asthma and even cancer.
Despite many unknowns, one thing is certain – the endocannabinoid system in our body does not only exist, but also has an extremely important function.
So you can be sure that we will hear the effects of research of scientists who inform the world every now and then about newly discovered types of cannabinoids and their impact on particular processes in our body.
Research Lies Ahead.
Even though there have been several researches about CBD, there are still many things yet to be discovered about CBD and its applications.
CBD research is still in its early days.