Vital Receptors

Your Bodies Most Vital Receptors that you Know Nothing About

Blog Takeaways

  1. We do not have a full and complete picture of what the Endo Cannabinoid System (ECS) does, but we do know that the ECS helps fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions.
  2. Affects everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction.
  3. Has the most receptors in the brain and is critical for maintaining a healthy central nervous system.
  4.  ECS may be an effective target for restoring balance in the body and promoting good health.
  5. Scientists have found that certain conditions which are associated with hypersensitivity to pain or stimulus, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and IBS may be caused by a dysfunctional ECS.
  6. Hemp had been used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments, including epilepsy, headaches, arthritis, pain, depression, and nausea.
  7. Talking with your doctor about the ECS can be frustrating since the majority of doctors are not trained on it.

What exactly does the endocannabinoid system (ECS) do?

We do not have a full and complete picture of what the ECS does, but we do know that the ECS helps fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction. So in basic terms, the ECS helps modulate the regulation of homeostasis across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.  

  1. All animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS).

As human beings, we like to think of ourselves as special, but we’re not special for having an ECS. All vertebrates and invertebrates are known to have an ECS. The most primitive animal found to express cannabinoid receptors is the sea-squirts, an animal which evolved over 600 million years ago. 

  1. Endocannabinoid receptors are the most abundant neuromodulatory receptors in the body.

The total number of endocannabinoid receptors in the body is believed to be greater than all other neuromodulatory receptors found in the body combined, including receptors for the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Anandamide alone has the most receptors in the brain and is critical for maintaining a healthy central nervous system.

  1. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been found to play a role in many diseases.

The ECS helps bring balance to the body. As a result, it is no surprise that scientists have observed changes in ECS activity in a number of diseases. Everything from neurodegenerative disorders to rheumatoid arthritis and cancer have shown changes in endocannabinoid levels and greater receptor expression. This suggests that the ECS may be an effective target for restoring balance in the body and promoting good health.

 

  1. Clinical Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Deficiency Syndrome may be a root cause of some diseases.

When the ECS is functioning properly, all our various body systems are maintained in a state of dynamic equilibrium, or homeostasis. But what happens when the ECS is dysfunctional or damaged? Scientists have found that certain conditions which are associated with hypersensitivity to pain or stimulus, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and IBS, the ECS is dysfunctional. This hypothesis, that the ECS may lie at the root of some disorders, is known as the Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency hypothesis. It is believed that by supplementing the body with naturally occurring cannabinoids from plants, we can correct this deficiency, relieve symptoms, and restore health. 

 

  1. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) explains why natural cannabinoids in hemp and other plants have therapeutic effects.

Before cannabis prohibition, hemp had been used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments, including epilepsy, headaches, arthritis, pain, depression, and nausea. Traditional healers may not have known why the plant was effective but their experience demonstrated its effectiveness and provided the basis for later scientific inquiry. The discovery of the ECS revealed a biological basis for the therapeutic effects of plant cannabinoids and has sparked renewed interest in hemp as medicine.

Research has shown that small doses of natural cannabinoids from hemp and other plants help support the ECS and enhance its signaling. This suggests that small, regular doses of naturally occurring cannabinoids from hemp and other plants might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.

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