Hello from the team at Canna-oils.
This week we have included some information about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). To truly understand the many potential benefits of Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP) oil we need to understand how the ECS functions. We hope you find the following information not only insightful but helpful.
Let’s look at the word “endocannabinoid.” “Cannabinoid” comes from “cannabis,” and “endo” is short for “endogenous,” which means that it is produced naturally inside your body. So “endocannabinoid” simply means cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us.
The ECS itself is made up of three parts:
- Receptors in the nervous system and around your body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with
- Enzymes that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids
Not only is the ECS a natural part of our bodies, but it’s also a crucial one.
The Endocannabinoid System is crucial for Homeostasis.
Basically, homeostasis is your body’s efforts to keep everything in the right zone. It tries to keep your internal environment stable and optimal no matter what’s going on in the surrounding environment. Think of all the gauges in the dashboard of a car or aeroplane. Those all tell the operator whether things are—or aren’t—operating in the proper zone.
When something is operating outside the right range, your body activates the ECS to help correct it. So when you’re really hot and begin to sweat, thank your ECS for working to cool you down. Stomach growling? That’s your ECS helping remind you to eat because you need fuel.
The ECS does this via cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues. We have (at least) two types of cannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 which is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord)
- CB2 which is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialised cells in the immune system
Cannabinoid receptors are believed to be among the most plentiful in our central nervous system, and some researchers hypothesise that we could have a third, undiscovered one, as well.
Your body activates the ECS with precision so that it impacts only what it needs to. For example, if your reproductive hormones are out of whack, it will work to regulate them without altering your digestion or immune system.
Then, once the endocannabinoids have done their job and brought things into balance, certain enzymes come along to break them down and prevent them from going too far and upsetting the balance in the opposite direction. It’s a precise response.
Homeostasis is essential to our health and survival, so when the ECS isn’t working properly, it can cause a lot of problems for you.
Full article can be found on Verywellhealth.com
That’s why we love BCP Oil (Beta-Caryophyllene) so much. It binds directly to the CB2 receptors and has the potential to activate the endocannabinoid system and ultimately bring balance to your body.We would love to hear how our products have been helping you on your wellness journey.
The content of this newsletter is for educational purposes only – not intended for medical advice.