CBD Education: The Endocannabinoid System and How it Works

Everything You Need to Know About CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

Today, the CBD craze is sweeping the world, with experts predicting the market to grow to over $1.25 billion by 2024.

If you’re new to the game – cannabinoids, or CBD, are chemical compounds produced by mammals (endocannabinoids) and plants (phytocannabinoids). Tinctures, supplements, and topicals are just a few examples of CBD products you can find in stores and online.  

The reason why CBD has taken the health world by storm is because of its long list of purported benefits. Scientists are studying the effects of CBD on diseases relating to the heart, bones, intestines, brain, skin, and stomach. So far, CBD has been approved by the FDA for only one illness: epilepsy. As studies continue, we can expect CBD products to continue growing in popularity at a rapid rate. 

While many people are jumping on the CBD bandwagon, most of them still don’t know what it is, how it works, and why they should use it. Did you know, without an endocannabinoid system, our bodies wouldn’t be able to reap the benefits of CBD?

There’s much to learn about CBD and the endocannabinoid system, also known as ECS. If you're looking for a crash course on the topic, then you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll discuss the endocannabinoid system and the role CBD plays to keep you healthy. 

Learn more: Understand the benefits of taking a phytocannabinoid-rich oil.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

All living creatures have endocannabinoid systems – both vertebrates and invertebrates alike! The ECS is an intricate cell-signaling system that regulates several bodily functions and processes such as your mood, sleep, digestion, pain, inflammation, fertility, and more. 

The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of the biological self-regulating system to maintain internal balance. For example, if you’re healthy your body can maintain a core temperature around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you become sick and lose homeostasis, your body may respond with a fever. Breathing is another example of the homeostasis process. If your body is functioning properly, you are able to breathe on your own without having to consciously remind yourself.

Animals also possess internal homeostasis processes that keep them alive. You may have noticed your dog panting to cool themselves down after exercise. This is a natural process that doesn’t require any effort on their part to keep them healthy and functioning.

How Does it Work?

Endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes each have their specific functions that work together to create the entire endocannabinoid system. 

Humans produce endocannabinoids on demand to maintain homeostasis. The cannabinoids work within the ECS like a set of keys that unlock the health benefits of CBD. 

These keys unlock two main receptors: cannabinoid receptor 1 and cannabinoid receptor 2. CB1 receptors are found throughout the entire body, specifically inside the brain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are mainly found within the immune and gastrointestinal system. But, the lock and key can’t fully function on their own. Enzymes are the last component of the system. Their sole function is to control when and where endocannabinoids are produced and broken down. 

The endocannabinoid system cannot work without the endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes doing their part to keep you healthy.

Why You Should Take CBD

At this point, it may seem like there’s no need for CBD. Especially since humans and animals produce their own endocannabinoids. So why does CBD matter? Consistent use of CBD will supplement your endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids to help keep it balanced and functioning properly.

Unfortunately, the endocannabinoid system is easily thrown off balance by excessive stress, a poor diet, and a lack of exercise.  

If you (or your pets) aren’t producing enough endocannabinoids, this can lead to an endocannabinoid deficiency. This deficiency is thought to play a part in conditions like:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse
  • Psoriasis

Keep in mind, you can still experience negative health symptoms even if you don’t have a cannabinoid deficiency. Common health problems caused by separate issues can also be treated with CBD. These include nausea, migraines, insomnia, and stress.

CBD and Pet Health

Don’t forget your pet’s health needs, too. Whether you’re the proud owner of a cat, dog, bird, pig, or whatever else, they will also benefit from regular CBD use. Again, animals have the same endocannabinoid system and homeostasis process as humans. For that reason, pets showing symptoms of joint pain, inflammation, anxiety or depression, nausea, and epilepsy will find relief from taking broad-spectrum CBD products. 

Learn more: Read our blog post on how to recognize the behavioral signs that it’s time to start your pet on a CBD regimen. 

Choose CBD Products Wisely

By now you’re probably an expert on CBD and the endocannabinoid system! We love empowering our customers and want you to be knowledgeable about your health and wellness. You can’t improve yourself if you don’t know what’s good for you, so we’re here to help. 

Be aware that not all CBD is created equal. Make sure ingredients are clearly labeled so there’s zero confusion about what’s inside the product. Take time to research the products you decide to use for yourself and your pets.

Here at millie, our CBD is quality ensured and sourced from the USA. We have no secrets to keep from you, and we’re more than happy to show you what makes us different. We’re confident you’ll love our products just as much as we do. Click the button below to shop our CBD products. 

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