What Is The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is the body’s shield
The endocannabinoid system, or the endogenous cannabinoid system, owes its name to the plant from which it is derived, which is no other than cannabis.
It is the vital system that exists in the human body and is the alpha and omega for our health and well-being. In essence, it regulates the basic functions of human biology.
The endocannabinoid system consists of several receptors. The two major endocannabinoid receptors are CB 1 and CB 2. The keys to these receptors are called endocannabinoids.
Where are the endocannabinoids?
The endocannabinoids, which are part of the body, are already present in our body and they are produced from it.
There are endocannabinoids throughout our body:
- In the brain
- In the vital organs
- In connective tissues
- In the cells of the immune system
- In the glands.
Homeostasis and autophagy.
The endocannabinoid system performs multiple functions in the human body, but its main and primary concern is homeostasis.
By homeostasis, we mean the ability to maintain a stable internal environment in the body, despite external fluctuations. Simply put, our body does not want its temperature to be too high, but not too low. It needs the ideal temperature for it to be operational. Accordingly, our blood sugar levels are neither high nor low. This applies to every function of the organism and cannot be achieved without the help of the endocannabinoid system.
Another vital function performed by endocannabinoids is autophagy.
By the term ‘autophagy’, we may come across strange quirks and queries, but it’s actually simpler. As is clear from the word synths, this is a process where the cells ‘eat’, that is, they destroy a part of themselves so that they can eliminate their damaged parts and create new cells. Stronger and healthier. That is, it is a recycling process.
Autophagy could not happen without the contribution of the endocannabinoid system and if it ceases to function, there is a risk that very serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, may develop.
Our body has the ability to heal itself
Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids are allies of the body and complement each other
The endocannabinoids that are present in our body enhance their potency by taking cannabinoids, such as CBD, as they achieve a synergistic effect in preventing and responding to an organism threat.
An example of this mutual assistance is if we imagine that we have suffered an injury. Our body will immediately produce endocannabinoids to cope with infection and cannabinoids will act as an ally in our body and secrete a substance that will reduce the pain sensation and stop the cause of inflammation.
All endocannabinoid functions serve one purpose:
To minimize injury and pain.
The significant value of the endocannabinoid system.
From all of the above, we can understand the primary role of the endocannabinoid system in our body and how it essentially constitutes an imaginary bridge between the mind and the body, since its function extends:
- Both in the immune system
- As for the nervous system.
We have already mentioned that homeostasis is the basic process of maintaining a balance between biological functions.
It is also important to note that since it helps with homeostasis, it naturally affects us and affects the way we communicate and interact with the environment.
Endocannabinoids can, in addition to their medicinal properties, also develop personal gifts and characteristics such as:
- Our desire to share.
So, the contribution of the endocannabinoids and the endocannabinoids is very obvious, since they help each other and complement each other to ensure the proper functioning of our immune and nervous systems.