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Achieving Homeostasis

As you may have heard, the cannabis flower is made up of the natural compounds tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol —THC and CBD. These compounds are called cannabinoids. And to many people’s surprise, nature is popping with them.

Like exercise, orgasms, and a bite of chocolate, cannabis makes us feel really good. But did you know other plants grow among miss Mary Jane that offer similar benefits to our minds, muscles, and movements?

Let’s find out why:

It all comes down to phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds found in plants. Endocannabinoids are chemical compounds found in mammals. It’s their interaction that gives us the good stuff. We’re going to break it down.

Back in the 90s, a couple of scientists were studying cannabis and they discovered an unknown molecular signaling system within the body that plays a huge role in regulating a broad range of biological functions. The system was then named the endocannabinoid system (ECS) — after the particular plant that revealed the operation.

The endocannabinoid system is an intricate, nerve signaling system throughout each of our bodies. The ECS regulates the functioning of our central nervous systems. Our physiological, cognitive, and emotional abilities rely on the endocannabinoid system. It’s responsible for multiple functions, but arguably its most important responsibility is to create homeostasis. Basically, it maintains a stable equilibrium among the elements in our bodies. So, if you’re looking, feeling, moving, and thinking good you’re ECS is killing it — congrats. But what nourishes this very essential part of our bodies, and how?

Find out:

The endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout the body, from our brains to our spine, to our nether regions. The receptors are classified as Cannabinoid 1 and Cannabinoid 2. A majority of CB1 receptors are located in our brains and spinal cords and they predominantly have authority over our memory processing, pain regulation, and motor control abilities. CB2 receptors are most commonly found on white blood cells. Their most popular functions include inflammatory response and regulating immune signaling.

For more information on how your body regulates itself with the endocannabinoid system, stay tuned for our next blog post– Beyond Cannabis– Dropping 7/6.

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