Did you know you have an endocannabinoid system? Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the wellness community about the endocannabinoid system of mammals, and it has sparked a wave of people looking to buy CBD oil online and from stores all over the country, in order to support their endocannabinoid system health.
If you have a healthy endocannabinoid system (ECS), then it’s easier for the rest of your body systems to function properly. Researchers are still trying to wrap their minds around the exact mechanisms of the endocannabinoid system, which have been slowly uncovered over the last two decades. So far, it’s clear that the ECS is vital to our overall health and well-being.
These four facts will give you a pretty good understanding of what your endocannabinoid system is and how our knowledge of it has evolved over the years.
You have more endocannabinoid receptors than all of your other receptors combined…
Receptors are proteins embedded in cell membranes (transmembrane proteins) that facilitate chemical communication. Receptors produce a specific response to a particular chemical or class of chemicals.
Cannabinoid receptors respond to hundreds of different compounds, including:
- phytocannabinoids and terpenes produced in cannabis, and
- endocannabinoids produced in your body’s own cells.
Our brain works because of receptors that allow cells to “talk” to one another. Most medications work by acting on receptors as well.
Cannabinoid receptors make up 55% of your receptors.
This means there is more endocannabinoid signalling in your body (and most other mammals) than ALL the other types of signalling, combined.
…yet only 13% of US medical schools even mention the endocannabinoid system in their curricula…
Administrative staff at over 150 US colleges of medicine were asked about the extent to which the endocannabinoid system is included in their school’s curriculum. The answers ranged from cautiously open-minded to downright ignorant: only 1 in 8 US medical schools even mentions the ECS in required coursework, while not a single medical college in America offers a course dedicated to the most extensive system in all of mammal biology.
Nonetheless, there are over 20,000 published empirical studies on cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system of mammals. They suggest that CBD products, like pure CBD vape oils and even CBD capsules taken daily, support normal endocannabinoid system function.
Education, or lack thereof, is the only limiting factor of the expanding public acceptance of cannabinoid-based care.
…even though all of those endocannabinoid receptors are directly responsible for homeostasis (what is homeostasis?)…
Homeostasis is the set of conditions that must be maintained in order for a biological system to remain alive and functioning, from single cells up to entire ecosystems. While we may feel small compared to oceans and mountains, our bodies contain an entire universe of cells and tissues with functions as diverse as life is on Earth.
The endocannabinoid system is a set of inhibitory receptors found in nearly all of our tissue that directly modulates the activity level of our cells. When cannabinoid receptors are activated, the activity level of the cell is diminished.
Endocannabinoids are constantly released by our cells, and their continuous flow is known as endocannabinoid tone. We have evolved over millions of years to have an endocannabinoid tone that modulates the activity of our cells to just the right levels.
When problems like fibromyalgia or IBS appear, the tissue is working exactly as it should. The problem is related to the degree to which nerve cells in both of these conditions are activated and working.
In both cases, the endocannabinoid system is essentially non-existent, meaning there is nothing regulating the activity of the nerve cells to an appropriate level. CBD recalibrates the endocannabinoid system, which is then able to restore proper function to the tissue which it controls; in these cases, nerve cells.
In fibromyalgia, the problem doesn’t occur within the nervous system, but within the endocannabinoid system.
…which means CBD is better used as a supplement than as a drug.
For all of the reasons mentioned above, and because legislative bodies are still wary of anything cannabis-related, CBD manufacturers have leaned toward marketing their products as a supplement rather than as a treatment for specific conditions.
While this tactic pleases the FDA, it also represents a more accurate picture of the way CBD products work. CBD reinforces and invigorates the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system in turn is able to do its job more consistently and efficiently: its job is to maintain balance and health throughout our entire body.
CBD doesn’t necessarily work directly on conditions or disorders, but instead, it supports our body’s natural processes that exist to prevent those diseases and conditions from occurring in the first place.
For anyone looking to buy CBD oil online, make sure to research all CBD manufacturers before pulling the trigger and making a purchase. Only the best CBD capsules can improve endocannabinoid system function, and many CBD manufacturers use questionable practices that may detract from the quality of their products.
Everything bearing a Green Roads label is pharmacist formulated, in an ISO-6 clean room with pharmaceutical-grade equipment, to ensure quality, potency, and consistency.