SEE HOW THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM INTERACTS WITH CBD AND HELPS YOU MAINTAIN HOMEOSTASIS.
The endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. The recent identification of cannabinoid receptors and their role in our body has triggered an exponential growth of studies exploring the endocannabinoid system and its regulatory functions in health and disease. It serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being because it regulates key aspects of our biology. So, what’s it doing, and how does it work?
CBD and Homeostasis
Cannabidiol (CBD) can have direct influences on the production and secretion of hormones like cortisol, insulin, melatonin, and others. Therefore, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system sustain a direct influence on homeostasis.
Homeostasis refers to the internal balance needed for organisms to function properly. In humans, homeostasis basically ensures we are in working order. Some examples of the variables that maintain this balance include:
• Body temperature
• Heart rate
• Blood pressure
• Sleep cycle
One of the key areas responsible for regulating these variables is the hypothalamus, a region of the brain made up of nerve cell clusters located just above the brainstem. The hypothalamus is one of the main parts of the body’s endocrine system and it also contains cannabinoid receptors. Targeting these receptors and stimulating them with cannabinoids like CBD, for example, can help manage the many processes required for homeostasis.
How Cannabinoids Work With Your Endocannabinoid System
Brain cells (neurons) communicate with each other and with the rest of the body by sending chemical “messages.” These messages help coordinate and regulate everything we feel, think, and do. Typically, the chemicals (called neurotransmitters) are released from a neuron (a presynaptic cell), travel across a small gap (the synapse), and then attach to specific receptors located on a nearby neuron (postsynaptic cell). This spurs the receiving neuron into action, triggering a set of events that allows the message to be passed along.
But the EC system communicates its messages in a different way because it works “backward.” When the postsynaptic neuron is activated, cannabinoids (chemical messengers of the EC system) are made “on demand” from lipid precursors (fat cells) already present in the neuron. Then they are released from that cell and travel backward to the presynaptic neuron, where they attach to cannabinoid receptors.Since cannabinoids act on presynaptic cells, they can control what happens next when these cells are activated. In general, cannabinoids function like a “dimmer switch” for presynaptic neurons, limiting the amount of neurotransmitter (e.g., dopamine) that gets released, which in turn affects how messages are sent, received, and processed by the cell.
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CBD and Safety for Human Consumption
The World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence focused on cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. After reviewing evidence from animal and human studies, the committee concludes that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
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