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What’s the (Secret) key to our Physiological Harmony? The Endocannabinoid System.

What’s the (Secret) key to our Physiological Harmony? The Endocannabinoid System.

Is CBD a ‘miracle’? No. 

But there is actually something quite magical about the way it works.


The unique relationship between CBD and our bodies

CBD has been in the spotlight in the last years because of the positive effects people have reported after consuming it – for which we are thankful. But there is something further “behind the curtains” that we must give our thanks to first and which is, in fact, the very reason why CBD works.

It’s owed to a neuromodulatory system we all carry, namely, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It’s best known for its vital role in aligning and harmonizing the various complex nervous systems altogether, ultimately, achieving homeostasis.

In other words, the Endocannabinoid System is what keeps our minds and bodies in balance. It sets in when something is ‘out of whack’; if you are experiencing an abnormal sensation of pain, your body activates the Endocannabinoid System to set things right again.

Not only pain, but the ECS also plays a crucial role in managing stress, appetite, sleep, mood, hormones, learning and memory, immune function, reward centers and much, much more. It’s for a very good reason that we, humans, have been using this plant for 7000+ years.

But, just like anything else, the Endocannabinoid System can also lack in its fundamental ability (known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency). This is where CBD products famously come in to assist.

We need the Endocannabinoid System to function at its best because it is the key for maintaining our best physiological balance – or sense of harmony, if you will.


What’s the relation between the Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis plants like hemp? 

Our very own bodies produce endocannabinoids (“endo” being Greek for “within”). The best-studied endocannabinoids include 2-AG and anandamide.

The Cannabis Sativa L plant, instead, contains phytocannabinoids (“phyto” being Greek for “plant”). Of those, the best-studied include CBD, THC & CBG.

Endo- and phytocannabinoids share a very similar molecular structure and have, thus, some significant interactions: CBD (Cannabidiol), for instance, is able to stimulate the production of endocannabinoids.

The ‘simple’ reason for the shared name is that it was through the studying of phytocannabinoids, or Cannabis, that the Endocannabinoid System was discovered; a groundbreaking discovery that occurred in the late 80s.


Why have we never heard about it since its discovery – more than 30 years ago?

The Endocannabinoid System is undoubtedly fascinating. So, why is it that such a fundamental physiological system doesn’t share the same pages with other well-known bodily functions in our biology books? Even in medical schools or universities, it’s rarely taught.

In terms of reputation, the potential psychoactive effects of Cannabis have long had the upper hand over the plant’s therapeutic potential, which has limited its use in clinical practice. Some also argue it was purposely kept away from the public for various political reasons.

Whatever the case, it sure is a shame we limited our search for further groundbreaking knowledge on this monumental discovery because of a single psychoactive property in a plant (that, really, only occurs in some of its strain variations). In most cases, hemp is not considered to be psychoactive at all. On the contrary, the plant is likely to contain at least a hundred more cannabinoids with therapeutic potential.

Fortunately, more and more countries are opening up to Cannabis and hemp, so we are optimistic that we will gradually also give our Endocannabinoid Systems a much-needed second look.

After all, they just provide us with a greater quality of life.


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