Here at Best Life Botanicals, we really and truly believe in the power of CBD in skincare. We believe it makes a difference on a topical level to your skin texture and skin complaints, but we also believe that, when ingested, it makes a real difference internally, providing pain relief and positive change. How do we know? Endocannabinoids! Here’s an introduction into the endocannabinoid system that’s functioning right now in your body!
What is an Endocannabinoid?
Endocannabinoid combines two words, ‘cannabinoid’ from cannabis and ‘endo’ meaning ‘endogenous’, AKA it is produced naturally in your body (whether you use CBD products or not). An Endocannabinoid is a cannabis-like substance that naturally occurs within our bodies. In this blog we will talk about both endocannabinoids and cannabinoids – which are cannabinoids in general, not necessarily ones from your body.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system has three active parts: endocannabinoids themselves that your body is naturally making, receptors in the body’s nervous system that allow cannabinoids and endocannabinoids to bond with them and enzymes that help break down those endocannabinoids and cannabinoids.
What Does the Endocannabinoid System do?
Its role is actually crucial for homeostasis – meaning, keeping everything in your body at the right, happy level and balance. Your endocannabinoid system is operating to ensure the correct balance of a number of things. If your body feels something is off, it is your endocannabinoid system that will be told to correct it. For example, when your body is too hot, it is the endocannabinoid system that will kickstart sweating to cool you down. When you are hungry, it is your endocannabinoid system that will remind you to eat. The endocannabinoid system controls lots of natural functions including sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility.
The Problem of Low Endocannabinoids
Endocannabinoid deficiency can cause a dysregulation of the system and is medically known as CECS (clinical endocannabinoid deficiency). CECD may play a role in conditions such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Digestive issues
- Conception issues
- Premature menopause
- Temperature sensitivity
The Future of Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are currently being researched and experimented with as potential treatment for a range of illnesses, not only to treat those associated with an endocannabinoid deficiency but Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and more!
By taking CBD oil regularly, you can increase your level of cannabinoids and help your body keep things ticking along healthily!