Cannabinoid supplements like CBD could be the key to restoring balance,
improving overall wellness & fixing your vibe!
The Endocannabinoid System
This vast communication network is in charge of regulating important physiological functions to achieve and maintain homeostasis (the body’s ideal state of balance). Although we all have this system within us, it wasn’t actually discovered and understood until approximately 30 years ago!
Endocannabinoids vs. Phytocannabinoids
The precursors to discovering the Endocannabinoid System and its functions:
1) identifying the different compounds (phytocannabinoids, specifically THC) in the cannabis plant and researching how our bodies react with them. It became clear that we had receptors in the brain dedicated to processing these phytocannabinoids – but the question was why would we have an endogenous set of receptors for compounds that could only be produced externally?
2) the answer to that question came from identifying the first ENDOcannabinoid – compounds produced within our own bodies that activated the same molecular network as the phytocannabinoids.
“It was these discoveries, working backwards, tracing the metabolic pathways of THC, which allowed scientists to discover an entirely unknown molecular signaling system that resides within us – and within thousands of other biological lifeforms, basically everything on our planet with the exception of insects. Due to the role cannabis played in discovering this system it was rightfully named the endocannabinoid system. While we knew about the plant first – this cellular process has been happening within us for millions of years. According to Dr. John McPartland, the system started evolving as long ago as 600 million years back – when complex life meant a sponge.” – (Julia Granowicz)
Just like it is common for us to have hormonal imbalances or vitamin/nutrient deficiencies, it is often the case that we have endocannabinoid deficiencies (or imbalances).
Fortunately, just like a simple vitamin/supplement regimen can correct hormonal or nutritional deficiencies, phytocannabinoid supplementation can correct an endocannabinoid imbalance & restore optimal function of your Endocannabinoid System.