A REMARKABLE DISCOVERY
The Endocannabinoid System is both the “newest” bodily system (not discovered until the late 1980s) and the oldest in existence (shared by almost every animal that ever lived it dates back more than 6000 million years).
The ECS is made up of a network of receptor sites (CB1 and CB2) on cell membranes, chemical activators (cannabinoids) that fit into those sites like keys in locks and enzymes that either synthesize those activators or break them down. ECS receptors have been found on almost every organ in the human body, with the highest concentration in the brain and central nervous system.
One way to think about the Endocannabinoid System is that is more of a functional system than a structural one – think computer software vs. hard drive; app vs. smartphone. And it’s what the program does that is truly mind-blowing.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Endocannabinoid System appears to solve one of the most enduring mysteries in science:
How is the human body – separated from its environment by a layer of skin less than 1mm thick – able to maintain internal balance (“homeostasis”) within the extremely narrow parameters necessary to support human life, in the face of wildly fluctuating external circumstances and environmental conditions?
The role of ECS as the body’s innate balancing (“adaptogenic”) mechanism is key to the regulation of everything from appetite, energy metabolism, fertility and immunity to sleep, mood, pain perception and memory. There is virtually no function in the human body that does not benefit from a healthy Endocannabinoid System.
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM REGULATES
- EYE OCULAR PRESSURE
- STRESS RESPONSE
- MUSCLE CONTROL
- MOTIVATION & REWARD
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM MEDIATES
- LYMPH CELLS
- BLOOD VESSELS
- NERVOUS SYSTEM
- FAT AND ADIPOSITY
- BLOOD CELLS
- IMMUNE SYSTEM
- DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
- ENDOCRINE GLANDS
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Long-term imbalances in the ECS (termed “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency”, or CED) have been implicated in a growing list of disorders, and even so-called psychiatric conditions.
When your Endocannabinoid System is functioning optimally, you are not revving too high or too low. Your body’s defenses are not under-reactive.
A healthy ECS keeps you in that “just right” Goldilocks Zone, physically, mentally and emotionally, no matter what life throws at you. It’s all about maintaining inner balance in the face of an ever-increasingly chaotic outer world… feeling grounded, centered and resilient in the eye of the storm.
YOUR BODY IN BALANCE
A perfectly functioning ECS ensures harmony and balance in cells, tissues, and organs – known as homeostasis.
1. Nutritional and dietary co-factors are required as building blocks for the ECS to function optimally
2. An optimally functioning ECS utilizes available cannabinoids based on the demand and needs of the body
3. Once created, endocannabinoids engage ECS receptor-sites in a lock-in-key fashion
4. Once engaged, neurotransmiters may be released sending messages to cells, tissues, organs and other systems of the body that are critical for optimal health
5. Nutritional and dietry co-factors are required as building blocks for the ECS to function optimally
ACTIVATING YOUR EC SYSTEM
So what can we do to make sure our Endocannabinoid System is functioning at its best? Fortunately, a lot. From a lifestyle perspective, low impact aerobic exercise, time in nature, mindfulness meditation, and a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, fermented foods, prebiotics and omega-3 fatty acids have all been shown to support a healthy ECS.
But the single most powerful tool we have comes from our allies in the plant kingdom. There are plant-derived compounds that have the ability to activate our Endocannabinoid System. The most famous of these – the one you’ve likely heard the most about – is cannabidiol, or CBD, derived from the cannabis plant.
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