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If you’re looking into CBD, then you will come across the word “Endocannabinoid System”, and with further reading, you might start to wonder “How can CBD help with balancing your endocannabinoid system?
Let’s dive deeper into the subject: What is it? And why is it important?
The body’s endocannabinoid system is comprised of 2 main components: endocannabinoids and receptors.
Endocannabinoids are lipid-based neurotransmitters produced by the body to help keep internal functions running smoothly. Researchers have so far discovered at least 5 main types of endocannabinoids; anandamide, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, 2-Arachidonyl glyceryl ether, N-Arachidonoyl dopamine, and Virodhamine.
Endocannabinoids bind to these receptors, with the two primary types being CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are generally found in the brain stem and to a lesser extent the central nervous system. CB1 receptors, within the endocannabinoid system, are responsible for coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, and mood, to name just a few functions.
CB2 receptors, also within the endocannabinoid system, are found in the body’s immune cells, with the peripheral nervous system directly influencing pain and inflammation.
Enzymes break down the endocannabinoids once they have done their job, with the 2 main ones being fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol acid lipase.
CBD, a phytocannabinoid, binds to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, supplementing the endocannabinoids produced within you. In addition, medical experts believe that CBD inhibits the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase, the primarily responsible for breaking down and recycling endocannabinoids.
If your body is imbalanced and not producing sufficient endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids may be able to step in and help restore balance.
While science is continuously developing, more and more research indicates the importance of a balanced endocannabinoid system.
A healthy lifestyle, excellent foods, exercise, vitamins and laughter, are great ways to help balance your system, and CBD like CBD oil use may contribute to restoring and preventing an imbalance.
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