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Hemp and the Endocannabinoid System



In past posts, homeostasis continues to come up. We know our bodies are simply amazing. We are created with so many moving parts yet they all work harmonously. When one part isn't feeling well, the whole body works together to right the wrong. Natural options are available to aid our bodies to rebalance ourselves and we have chosen to focus on hemp's amazing powers which encapuslates homeostatsis in itself but also shares it's abilities with us. Hemp works with our Endocannabinoid System.

Unsure how many have heard of this system but let's look at the function of this system. The word is a compound word. "Endo" being short for "endogenous" which means "originating internally or originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell" (1). "Cannabinoid" from the word "cannabis" (1). Sometimes you will see this system referred to as the Endogenous Cannabinoid System or ECS. This system is composed of three parts, endocannabinoids, receptors that bond with our nervous system, and the enzymes that metabolize.

When our bodies become imbalanced, the endocannabinoid system is activated. This can take the form of fever, inflammation, sweating, or even stomach growling, to name a few. Some of these forms of communication is to warn us that something is wrong but also to tell us that it is time for us to do something. Like stomach growling when our body needs more food to help us function. Once the triggers are activated, the two receptors are communicating by sending out messages. There are two receptors, CB1 and CB2.

CB1 is the receptor in the central nervous system. CB2 is the receptor in the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the nerves in your extremities while the central nervous system is your brain and spinal cord nerves. Depending on which cannabinoid receptor is activated, it will control the following functions: immune function, inflammation, mood, memory, pain, etc.

With the activation, the system works to obtain homeostasis again. The system is so percise that it only impacts the receptors needed and works just enough to rebalance. Once the receptors do their job, the enzymes come in and metablize anything that needs to be purged from our bodies that have upset homeostasis.

We all know, that sometimes our body can not resolve homeostasis alone so we seek to aid our bodies. To help our Endocannabionid System, we can look to hemp. Research has shown that hemp, cannabis products, can stimuate the Endocannabinoid System.





(1)TheFreeDictionary.com. 2021. endogenous. [online] Available at: <https://www.thefreedictionary.com/endogenous> [Accessed 8 August 2021].


(2)Lu, H. and Mackie, K., 2021. An Introduction to the Endogenous Cannabinoid System.


(3)Verywell Health. 2021. What Is the Endocannabinoid System?. [online] Available at: <https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system-4171855> [Accessed 8 August 2021].



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