What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting and underreported developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery (about 25 years ago) of a previously unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabinoid System, which helps maintain balance in the body.
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system.
All humans and animals (vertebrates) are known to have an ECS.
The ECS has three parts:
- Endocannabinoids - neurotransmitters which naturally occur in the body (these are similar in molecular structure to CBD)
- Cannabinoid Receptors in the central nervous system (including the brain), which bond with Endocannabinoids.
- Enzymes that synthesize and help break down endocannabinoids.
The ECS is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis. Our understanding of how the ECS works explains why natural cannabinoids in hemp and other plants have therapeutic effects.
The discovery of receptors in the brain that respond pharmacologically to cannabis—and the subsequent identification of naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds in our bodies that bind to these receptors—has significantly advanced our understanding of human biology, health, and disease.
Before cannabis prohibition, hemp and marijuana were used for thousands of years to treat conditions such as epilepsy, headaches, arthritis, pain, depression, and nausea. Traditional healers may not have known why the plant was useful, but their experience demonstrated its effectiveness and provided the basis for later scientific inquiry. The discovery of the ECS revealed a biological basis for the therapeutic effects of plant cannabinoids and has sparked renewed interest in cannabis as medicine.
What research is there on the Endocannabinoid System?
Research has shown that small amounts of natural cannabinoids from hemp and other plants help support the ECS and enhance its signaling. Small, regular doses of naturally occurring cannabinoids from hemp and other plants might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.
Cannabinoids and ECS
The ECS takes its name from the cannabinoids that affect it. The reason for this is that we knew about the cannabinoids long before we discovered the ECS.
Cannabinoids such as CBD oil appear to hold a lot of promise as treatments for a range of complaints. We that you consult your veterinarian before starting any new medication or supplement, even natural ones.
You could help improve your pet's Endocannabinoid System.
We are confident in the abilities of CBD to potentially improve the lives of cats and dogs across the world. We've been using it in our grooming sessions for a long time and know it has the potential for a positive effect from our own experiences. Relievet CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats is a great way to supplement your pet's Endocannabinoid System and potentially help with aging, anxiety, arthritis, inflammation, and even just general pain relief for dogs!