What is the endocannabinoid system? By Erin Snow for Chakra Love.
Found within every human body is a network of receptors that control vital life functions. This endocannabinoid system (ECS) governs immunity, pain, hunger, sleep, memory and mood. Each component in the ECS plays a unique role. Found on the surface of cells, cannabinoid receptors are activated by small molecules called endocannabinoids. At peak performance, this activity results in a highly functioning, healthy ECS. Finally, metabolic enzymes break down endocannabinoids after they’ve been used by the cells.
A depleted, out of whack ECS can show up in a variety of undesirable ways, including fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
While endocannabinoids are created by the human body, cannabinoids, which mimic endocannabinoids and activate cannabinoid receptors, come from plants. Cannabinoids can improve the efficiency of an endocannabinoid system.
Many plants produce cannabinoids, but CBD, from cannabis, is one of the most potent and effective remedies for a lackluster ECS.
CBD can be ingested via food or drink, taken sublingually, applied topically to the skin, or inhaled. With appropriate dosing and consistent use, CBD can relieve pain and nausea, improve digestion and skin blemishes, resolve sleep issues, address inflammation, and more.
When CBD is taken with other parts of the cannabis plant, like terpenoids, flavonoids and fatty acids, the compounds work synergistically to create a beneficial Entourage Effect. People typically respond better to these full-spectrum extracts than CBD isolates.
A daily dose of 1-3 mg per 10 pounds of body weight is recommended when starting a CBD oil regimen. Taking a larger dose—or loading dose—for 3-5 days, then dropping down to a lower dosing schedule, will kickstart the ECS when severe symptoms are present.
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