What is the endocannabinoid system?
Let’s start with the basics.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are located in our brains all throughout our peripheral and central nervous systems. This was first discovered in the 1990s by Dr. Ralph Mechoulam. Dr. Mechoulam is also the one who established THC to be the main (active) ingredient in cannabis, back in 1960’s.
Now you may be wondering what does the ECS….do?
Basically, the endocannabinoid system is exactly what allows our bodies to be triggered by, interact with, and benefit from medical marijuana. Furthermore, the ECS is responsible for a variety of different processes which include pain-sensation, mood changes, appetite, memory, balancing the immune response within our bodies, and much more.
Of course, it also serves its purpose in mediating the effects of cannabis. The ECS has been linked with something called a runner’s high, which is known to be a trigger for an amazing euphoric release after a time spent running, but this has not been thoroughly researched.
The endocannabinoid system in humans (animals as well) is wired to accept cannabinoids. These include tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC, and of course its counterpart CBD – cannabidiol. There are other instances that are processed as well, such as CBG and CBN, and possibly dozens if not hundreds more, but concise research is yet to be done.
It is known that the cannabis plant extracts have widely been used in medical practices during the 19th century, however, cannabis was practically prohibited from used as of 1937 by the federal government. Unfortunately, the prohibition meant most people pretty much labeled cannabis as illicit and research on its potentially huge health benefits was halted for nearly 50 years.
How do we benefit from the endocannabinoid system?
How do we benefit from the ECS or from a different perspective – how does the endocannabinoid system affect our health?
Ever since the ECS has been discovered, various different researchers have devoted their time through studies to further understand its role in basic human health. What’s been found time after time is that the ECS promotes not only general health but also allowed therapeutic pain relief and even helps fight cancer or absolutely prevent neurodegenerative diseases. In the most basic sense, its’ main role is ensuring that our body’s central nervous and immune systems are running correctly.
By analyzing these results with more in-depth research, we now see that modulating the EC system can help close the doors on challenging conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, various forms of seizures and even cancer.
More exact examples of how ECS can help heal the body are as follows: PTSD – there’s substantial evidence which reflects the use of endocannabinoid system in helping eliminate bad memories from PTSD patients. This also relates to chronic anxiety patients, where severe trauma-related memories can be wiped and the body’s stress mechanism can be reset.
The Endocannabinoid system also helps out with weight gain and appetite. As it’s well known – cannabis has great capability for increasing one’s appetite – if need be. On the other hand, it can also be used to counter this effect – in other words, it can help combat obesity by basically shutting off the desire for food.
What does this mean to you?
The potential of the endocannabinoid system deems boundless. Whether the benefits we are currently aware of are all there or not, is not the case here. What is the case, however, is the fact that we have a health jewel inside of our bodies, just waiting to be used and infused benefits from hemp oil extracts.
It is my sincere hope that you’ll continue researching the subject and give it the attention that it deserves. Whether you or someone you know is battling a disease, look into what the ECS can do for you to help out. In any case, the endocannabinoid system should be explored even if you’re perfectly healthy. It will only further ensure the correct processing of your body’s central nervous and immune systems.
What’s not to love? Why must we keep questioning the proven benefits nature has intended?