Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System

It is no secret that many have found cannabis helpful for a variety of health issues, ailments, and conditions. Additionally, many have found that regular dosing of cannabis is helpful for overall general wellness. One of the most important pieces for overall health and wellness is a balanced and functioning body. To achieve this balanced body — also referred to as “homeostasis” — all of the biological body systems must function correctly individually and work together as a whole to maintain a stable and healthy body.

Medicinal Cannabis

One existing body system that plays a major role in this stability is the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The endocannabinoid system naturally exists in every body and consists of receptors, cells, and molecules throughout the body. The ECS receptors located throughout the body bind to endocannabinoids and cannabinoids to emit signals to the body and brain for different functions. The two main endocannabinoid receptors are known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors exist in the central nervous system and CB2 receptors exist in the peripheral nervous system and in systemic immune response. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bind to these receptors via cellular signals to address different needs of the body. Endocannabinoids are naturally produced and exist within your body, while cannabinoids found in cannabis can be introduced to your body medicinally and function within the ECS the same way as endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids work on the ECS receptors to assist with homeostasis, immunity, emotional stability, sleep functions, mental clarity, pain, inflammation and more. 

There are still discoveries being made on just how much the endocannabinoid system supports stable and healthy body function. As this research progresses it opens up more areas where medicinal cannabis use can be helpful in balancing an underfed endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids. Achieving a stable, smoothly functioning body will bring an overall balanced wellness that everyone deserves. Cannabinoids from medicinal cannabis may be the answer for many with conditions, ailments, or even generalized wellness concerns. Holistic Alternatives is always available to discuss areas that you need the most support and how we can connect you to the cannabis that may be most helpful.