Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

Authored By The Hempmeister

Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

This article breaks down the science behind the endocannabinoid system and how cannabinoids affect or regulate the human body whilst our understanding of this plant continues to expand.

The human body has an interesting relationship with hemp and hemp extracts, thanks to a part of our nervous system known as the endocannabinoid system. In layman’s terms, it’s the part of our body’s biological signalling network where cannabinoids are active.

Our bodily systems have receptors that interact with components of hemp and our body naturally produces cannabinoid like compounds, known as endocannabinoids. These are responsible for the regulation of bodily systems, known as homeostasis.

The parts of the hemp plant responsible for this interaction in our body are known as cannabinoids - complex plant extracts that mostly come from hemp, but are very occasionally found in other plants in nature too. These components are what allow hemp supplements to work with the body in various ways.

There are two different kinds of cannabinoid receptors, known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are mostly found in the brain, whilst the CB2 receptors are found mostly in the nervous system and tissues in organs like the spleen. Cannabinoids have a part to play in interacting with both of these.

More detailed research showed us that actually cannabinoids were very varied in hemp, and there are far more than previously thought, over 100 have been identified so far with exciting individual properties. This is why in modern times, more cannabinoids like CBD have been coming into relevance.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is different to the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. CBD doesn’t cause a ‘high’ - in fact it works with the body without altering your state of mind. This is why the CBD supplement is much more acceptable to be used in practical, non recreational ways, to help the body’s system achieve balance.

The future of cannabinoid research is focused on revealing potential new cannabinoids to selectively breed into hemp plants and to use as supplements. There are many other cannabinoids thought to cause different, but still desirable, reactions in the body, and the scientific community is currently testing and researching these for future applications.

For a very long time, cannabinoids were misunderstood, considered to be intoxicating only, and were often banned - but modern research and sensible applications are turning hemp into an even more useful plant than it already is.

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