The Relationship Between CBD and ECS

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a unique system in the body that exists in all animals. In fact, it is believed that all animals have an ECS. The only clear exception to this rule is insects. Describing the ECS is difficult. Basically, it is a system found throughout the body consisting of neuromodulators, lipids, and receptors that help to regulate functions in homeostasis. These functions include brain function, cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems. Being a new discovery we know little about the exact workings of the relationship between CBD and ECS.

Cannabidiol (CBD) consists of 113 known active compounds.  CBD is found in the cannabis and hemp plant naturally and interacts with the ECS when consumed. CBD is also a relatively new discovery and while we’ve learned much there is still much we don’t know about its benefits. Regardless of what we have left to learn, the potential benefits of CBD for the ECS system in all animals, including humans are clear.

What We Do Understand

ECS receptors have been identified as being made of 2 general groups. CB1 receptors are believed to exist primarily in the central nervous system, brain, lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the white blood cells, tonsils, and spleen. CB1 receptors help to regulate chemicals in the body like serotonin, dopamine, and glutamine. These natural chemicals play a role in response to pain, stress, and sleep among others. CB2 receptors are believed to primarily deal with the regulation of chemicals called cytokines in the immune system which influence inflammation, infection, and trauma in the body. The exact relationship in which CBD interacts with the ECS system is as of this time not completely understood. What we do know is that CBD can bind to ECS receptors to help regulate physiological functions. We also know about CBD is that unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it is not psychoactive.

What Studies Hope to Show

At least one aspect of CBD there can be no debate on is more research is needed to identify its true potential. To date, studies have shown great promise in CBD doing great things for the mind and body in its relationship with the ECS. Studies of the relationship between CBD and the CB1 receptors show favorable results for pain relief, stress response reduction, and insomnia. Studies in the relationship between CB2 receptors and CBD suggest a possible reduction in elliptic seizures, inflammation, and is under investigation for possible anti-cancer effects. It can also be said that most humans and other animals tolerate the ingestion of CBD without issue. Some side effects related to CBD use are dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, and fatigue. It is also believed that CBD could interact with blood thinners.

We at 502 Hemp believe CBD and its relationship to the ECS is a natural remedy to multiple ailments. The known risks are low and the potential benefits are high. That is why we produce what we think is the purest, cost-effective, and 3rd party tested products on the market.  We are proud to put our name behind what we provide. For more information about CBD please visit the CBD Education portion of our website.