Each and every human body contains an Endocannabinoid System or ‘ECS’, which is made up of receptors. This is in fact true of all mammals, and each mammalian body produces cannabinoids; not dissimilar to the hemp plant. The hemp plant produces over 100 cannabinoids but is most commonly known for tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC – and cannabidiol – or CBD. Simply put, the ECS is there to accept cannabinoids throughout the body and forms the link between our body and mind. It is responsible for such physiological processes as appetite, memory, moods & pain.
While the ECS responds to those cannabinoids created by the human body (also known as endocannabinoids) it can also be affected by plant derived cannabinoids such as CBD. THC and its psychoactive properties have been used for many years in the form of marijuana, which is usually smoked and gives the user a “high”. The long-term side effects of THC have been under some scrutiny in the past, but a recent discovery revealed that the CBD found in marijuana has some very beneficial properties, without the psychoactive side effects of large volumes of THC.
The ECS is made up of two primary receptors: CB1 & CB2. CB1 is found mainly in the brain and nervous system, while CB2 is found in white blood cells, tonsils & the spleen. While CBD has little effect on these two receptors, it is known to react with other nominal receptors extremely successfully. By activating certain receptors, cannabinoids allow the body to perform at its best. A better understanding of the ECS can help us to understand how CBD oils and products could help with different ailments and general health. Further research could demonstrate far more exciting and revolutionary treatments which may soon replace invasive western medicines used to treat more violent illnesses by working with the ECS system and complimenting those cannabinoids already created by the human body.
This means that CBD could eventually replace chemical pain relief drugs with a new, completely natural remedy that has no known side effects, and can help the body and the ECS compliment each other to work in harmony. Both CBD and the ECS are fairly newly discovered and constant research is being carried out to find out more, but it’s fair to say that the revolutionary realisation that our body is filled with receptors that respond brilliantly to a naturally grown plant is going to push medicine forward phenomenally in the future.