During an in-depth look at how cannabis affects our bodies, Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam discovered an integral part of our biology that has given us an evolved understanding of how our bodies heal. The endocannabinoid system is a biochemical communicative system that’s found in humans as well as any animal with a vertebra. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for countless physiological functions that make up our day-to-day experience.
How the Endocannabinoid System Works and its Interactions with CBD
The endocannabinoid system is made up of lipid-based neurotransmitters that regulate pain, sleep cycles, appetite, fertility, mood-altering neurotransmitters, inflammation, analgesia, gastrointestinal mobility, hormones, and immune cells. There are endocannabinoids that are naturally-occurring within our bodies that act as the messengers in the endocannabinoid system. CBD happens to have the same chemical makeup as our endocannabinoids but is considered as phytocannabinoids since they’re derived from a plant source. When CBD is introduced to our bodies, it works like our own endocannabinoids in triggering the inhibitory feedback mechanism in order to reach homeostasis.
Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Theory: Why CBD May Treat Numerous Conditions
Scientists now believe that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency may be responsible for numerous chronic health conditions like migraines, IBS, fibromyalgia, and many more. Endocannabinoid deficiency can be a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, as well as environmental toxins. CBD may replenish endocannabinoid deficiency, offering symptom management for numerous chronic health conditions.
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