CBD, ECS and the science of wellbeing
If you’ve heard of CBD, then no doubt you’ve also heard of the endocannabinoid system (or ECS for short): that complex but magical array of substances produced by our own bodies, the secrets of which scientists are only now beginning to uncover.
If you haven’t heard of the ECS yet, then get ready to dive a little deeper into the science of CBD and just how it works its wonders on both the body and the mind.
What is the ECS?
The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex group of neurotransmitters, receptors, receptor proteins and enzymes that form part of our body’s chemical signaling system. These substances can be found allover our bodies, in the central nervous system and even in the brain. They were first discovered, incredibly enough, while studying the effects of cannabis on the central nervous system. And as we’ll see, it’s no surprise that this system was named after the plant that lead to its discovery.
What does the ECS do?
The ECS has been shown to help regulate all kinds of processes in our bodies: from controlling how pain and appetite are relayed to how energy is balanced and metabolised. It plays a role in memory retention, stress response, regulating sleep and triggering the immune system. In fact, it’s probably easier to talk about what the ECS doesn’t do inside our bodies!
How does CBD help?
The cannabinoid transmitters and receptors that make up the ECS act as bridges between our physiological and cognitive processes; between the body and the mind. But for all kinds of reasons, under the stress of modern-day life, those bridges can break down. Taking CBD on a regular basis, however, has been shown to restore the balance of the ECS, by mimicking critical cannabinoid receptors in the body. By helping to keep the endocannabinoid system in balance, CBD plays a vital role in unlocking our full potential. So you can “feel good” but also “be good” at whatever you put your mind to!
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