What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a receptor system in our body that is integral to our wellbeing. The ECS acts as an intermediary, working to regulate the communication between cells in our central nervous system and immune system. Research has shown that chemicals produced in our brain influence important physiological responses and body functions, including healthy ECS function.

The ECS is sometimes referred to as the “Central Control Panel” and nutrients like essential fatty acids and phytonutrients can interact with this system.In the 1990’s, scientists discovered endocannabinoids, the natural cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body. Scientists began to realize cannabis exerted its effects, in part, by mimicking our endocannabinoids. It appears the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain bodily homeostasis—biological harmony in response to changes in the environment. Taxonomic investigation revealed that the endocannabinoid system is incredibly old, having evolved over 500 million years ago. Moreover, it is present in all vertebrates—mammals, bird, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc, all produce endocannabinoids! 

Research initially suggested endocannabinoid receptors were only present in the brain and nerves, but scientists later found that the receptors are present throughout the body, including our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.We now know the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.

What is the Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil & Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract? In the same way that grape seeds are separate from grapes and grape seed oil is pressed from grape seeds, hemp seed oil comes only from the dehulled seed of the industrial hemp plant. The dehulled hemp seeds are pressed to produce hemp seed oil. Full spectrum CBD hemp extract is derived from whole parts of the plant (flower, leaves, stem, etc.), which contain the phytocannabinoids present in the plant, with little (<0.3% based on dry weight) to none of the THC found in other cannabis varieties. 

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