What is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is not only of core importance to the health of all human beings, with its various activities in the body’s organs and defense systems, it is one of the most important biological structures that works to keep us healthy and alive.
Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), are lipid-based molecules produced by your own body that serve as neurotransmitters. When these bind, or stimulate, the receptors, it sends electrical impulses to your brain and throughout your body triggering important biological responses. This signaling process affects key bodily functions such as mood, appetite, sleep and pain management.
What Does the Endocannabinoid System Do?
The endocannabinoid system automatically fights to preserve a state of equilibrium despite outside factors that could disrupt your homeostasis. In other words, it keeps you in balance. This is like your physiologic superpower!
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are located all over the human body. You can find them in your brain, organs, lymph nodes, and in a variety of immune cells including natural killer T cells, which modulate responses against infectious disease, autoantigens, tumors and allergens.
Two of the first discovered and most well-researched endocannabinoids are anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). These two endocannabinoids are known to regulate cardiovascular functions in human beings.
What Are Cannabinoid Receptors?
A very important important part of the overall endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors are embedded in your cell membranes. And, many scientists believe them to be in more abundance than any other receptor system.
Researchers identify two main cannabinoid receptors: CB1, mainly found in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, mainly present in the immune system and its various systems. Many tissues inherently contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each tied to a different activity. Many believe that a third cannabinoid receptor may be distinguished at a later date.
What are Some of The Best Ways to Stimulate the Endocannabinoid System?
Contrary to the body’s internally- produced cannabinoids (“endo” meaning “within”) are the external phytocannabinoids that we all know and love - molecules from plant substances that stimulate the same cannabinoid receptors in our body.
Ingesting or inhaling these are two of the best ways to stimulate the endocannabinoid system. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, stands out as the most popular and most potent phytocannabinoid, but other cannabinoids, some formulated in the lab, such as Delta-8 THC (Delta-8) and hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties.
I have found that reliable exercise consistently increases the body’s level of endocannabinoids. The right dose of phytocannabinoids, such as those featured in our premium blends, combined with regular exercise boosts my immunity, preserves my homeostasis, and explains all sorts of health benefits from better mood to reduced stress.
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