Throughout the 1990s, researchers looking into cannabis for its health effects began to unravel a mystery that culminated in the discovery of a whole new system in the body. Called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), this vast network of transmitters, receptors, and enzymes can be thought of as a sort of “house manager” that keeps many of the other systems in your body in a healthy state of balance.
What’s unique about your ECS is that it contains chemical agents called cannabinoids. These are special compounds that work to relay information along neural pathways and interact with key receptors in your brain and body so that processes such as metabolism, digestion, memory, cognition, and immunity can function optimally. This helps ensure that your body stays healthy and strong.
However, just like with vitamins and minerals, cannabinoids can become depleted or damaged. When this happens, a condition known as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) may set in.
How CBD Helps Your Endocannabinoid System
Just like your body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids (which are often referred to as endocannabinoids), the CBD that’s found in cannabis is also a cannabinoid. It is considered one of the most powerful in terms of its health-balancing benefits. Here’s why:
- CBD works to help limit the breakdown, deactivation, and uptake of your body’s natural endocannabinoids.
- CBD has also been shown to help increase your brain’s endocannabinoid levels.
Because of CBD’s…