It is important to first understand that all of us have an endocannabinoid system that regulates and balances our other internal systems. While not typically taught in our mainstream educational system, a healthy endocannabinoid system much like a healthy cardiovascular system, is necessary for our health.
Most predominant inside the resin glands (trichomes1) of the female cannabis plant, CBD is one of over 80 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids2. Cannabinoids are agonists that bind to special receptors on your body’s cells, called cannabinoid receptors3.
You can think of agonists as keys and cannabinoid receptors as locks. By consuming cannabis, you are taking in agonists that interact with different locks on cells in the body. Together, these cell receptors make up a largerendocannabinoid system4.
Certain receptors are heavily concentrated in the central nervous system while cannabinoid receptors are found in almost every organ of the body. Cannabinoid receptors are found in the skin, digestive tract, and even in the reproductive organs.
The endocannabinoid system is a vast network of cell receptor proteins with many functions. Some describe5 the endocannabinoid system as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body. It lends a hand in seemingly just about everything to optimal health including:
motor control immune function
Four primary purposes of the endocannabinoid system include neuroprotection, stress recovery, immune balance, and homeostatic regulation. The last one is a fancy way of referring to a system that creates optimum energy balance in the body.