How does CBD affect the human body?
Women and men are different in many ways. Body shapes and sizes vary and so do the way our bodies work. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a subject that is gaining momentum to help explain the biological effects of CBD and how it affects us differently. Every person has a unique endocannabinoid system that will determine how your body responds to CBD. The key to the ECS working properly is the healthy interaction of neurotransmitters, cannabinoids and hormones.
Why the ECS System Matters
The ECS is a natural system within each one of our bodies that helps regulate our sleep, mood, and appetite. It’s a complex network that regulates many of these bodily functions.
The Endocannabinoid System essentially helps maintain homeostasis which tries to keep your internal environment stable no matter what’s going on in the environment around you.
When something is operating outside of the optimal range, your body activates the ECS to help correct it. For example, when you’re really hot and begin to sweat, your ECS is working to cool you down. Hunger pangs? That’s your ECS helping remind you to eat because you need fuel in order to be energized. The ECS does this via cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues.
While there are many moving parts to the system, doctors and scientists have broken it down into 3 main parts:
- Cannabinoid receptors: These receptors interact with both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids.
- Endocannabinoids: These are the cannabinoids your body makes itself.
- Enzymes: These are responsible for both creating and breaking down endocannabinoids.
A great way to think of these parts are keys and locks. The endocannabinoids act as the “keys” and receptors act as the “locks” in the system. By turning these keys, the system sends signals throughout your body and helps regulate many physiological functions.
Once the endocannabinoids have done their job and brought balance, certain enzymes come along to break them down and prevent them from going too far and upsetting the balance in the opposite direction. Genius!
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