Our Endocannabinoid System and How CBD Helps it to Function Properly

    by Kara Potter / November 30, 2018

    The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) continues to accelerate as incremental research reveals the benefits of taking hemp oil for various ailments.  But you might ask, “What does the research show so far and how does CBD oil actually give me relief from conditions like anxiety, depression, restless sleep, arthritis, or irritable bowel syndrome?”  Let’s get started and review what the endocannabinoid system does and why CBD can help it function properly.

    What Does My Endocannabinoid System Do In My Body?

    The endocannabinoid system (ECS) goes across our entire body. It is in the brain, it is our muscles, and in our skin.  It is only in the past 20 years that we have discovered more about the endocannabinoid system, as it was discovered in 1992 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Professor Lumír Hanuš, and Dr. William Devane.  The ECS’s main function is to help us regulate and stay in homeostasis. This means that without the endocannabinoid system we would run fevers, have mental breakdowns, not be able to regulate our eating and even have random pains across our bodies.  Essentially, the ECS is an underlying function that helps our bodies run normally and the research so far on the ECS and CBD has been focused in 4 areas; skin, brain, diet, and joints.

    My Skin, Endocannabinoids, and How CBD Helps

    From what we know today, the endocannabinoid system promotes cell growth in your skin, keeping your skin's cells on a healthy life cycle, and inhibits growth in unwanted areas. If your endocannabinoid system is not functioning at its peak, you may experience skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.  The reason CBD oil can help here is because most skin conditions and rashes are caused by inflammation, which the CB2 receptor is in charge of controlling. CBD attaches directly to the CB2 receptor when taken or applied and can help calm inflammation. You will read more about the CB2 receptor in following research because it is the way in which your body absorbs CBD.  These CB2 receptors are found all over your body and are located on the surface of the neurons.

    My Brain, Endocannabinoids, and How CBD Helps

    The brain is an amazing thing and all of its power is created when cells send neurotransmitters at each other in order to communicate. But sometimes this communication goes wrong and cells can send neurotransmitters that are too excited and therefore can overload the receiving cells.  Your ECS in the brain helps control how much information is getting to the receiving neuron and is therefore a major way in which the brain gets regulated. If a cell tries to send too much information, the receiving end gets overloaded and just like a computer doesn’t react when you click the mouse.  It just freezes and won’t absorb anything or can absorb too much and stall. The endocannabinoid system can quiet down the excited neurotransmitters so the neuron doesn’t go into this freeze mode. When this endocannabinoid process in your brain is not functioning properly you can develop extreme mood swings or random pain disorders.  Just like many areas of your body, your brain has a large number of CB2 receptors. Taking CBD oil can help better regulate this system in your brain by adding cannabinoids into the system, and is why many people take CBD oil for anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

    My Diet, Endocannabinoids, and How CBD Helps

    Research on the ECS so far on diet and digestion states that a properly working endocannabinoid system will help disperse the nutrients efficiently, help promote a healthy metabolism, and is the intelligent engine regulating energy storage in your body.  If this system is not functioning properly, you can find yourself severely over or underweight, not enjoying the experience of eating, lacking energy, and even be experiencing issues with digestion and bowel movements. Your body actually has the highest concentration of CB2 receptors in your stomach and it was almost like we were meant to ingest CBD to help with the regulation of our diet and digestion.  

    My Joints, Endocannabinoids, and How CBD Helps

    From medical research we know that the endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating a liquid called synovium. Synovium is what is in between your joints, and is what starts stiffening up with many forms of arthritis. Ingesting or applying CBD oil adds cannabinoids into the system and can help regulate synovium loss.  In addition, taking CBD oil and adding cannabinoids into the system helps to soften the pain by inhibiting some of the transmitters trying to spread it, and reducing the inflammation from arthritis in the joints. Many people suffering from arthritis have seen a benefit from both ingesting CBD oil, or applying it directly to an affected joint to reduce inflammation and pain.  Finally, because the ECS is also in charge of cell regrowth and maintaining healthy cell life, muscles heal faster and more completely. This is why a sizeable percentage of body builders or workout enthusiasts take CBD oil on a regular basis.

    Finding the Right CBD Oil For Your Issue

    As you can see, the ECS is essential for your body to operate at its best.  When this system is not functioning you can experience a large variety of issues.  Adding cannabinoids through CBD oil into your system can help you regain homeostasis and experience relief from many of the ailments mentioned above.  However, because you are putting something into your body that will be absorbed and used by it, and you MUST be careful. It’s of the utmost importance to verify that what you are putting into your body is of the highest quality.  This will not only ensure that you are getting the optimal relief from adding the cannabinoids into your system, but also that you are not adding bad or unwanted chemicals into your body at the same time. It is critical that you buy from a vendor that understands how CBD works for each ailment you may have, recommends the best products and application methods for that ailment, and vets the manufacturers of the products they sell so they are grown organically, extracted correctly, and packaged cleanly.  Relief Scout is the only organization to work only with vendors that pass our strict vetting process.

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    Kara Potter

    Kara Potter

    Kara has over 8 years in the corporate world and has shifted her focus to raising awareness of CBD after observing a family member find exceptional relief from it. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, two dogs, and husband when not advocating for the incredible power of CBD.


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