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 is made up of 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 own 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 effective 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, suggesting that 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

ECS was named after cannabis because the substances (cannabinoids) that come from the marijuana plant, were discovered before the system (ECS).

Cannabinoids such as CBD oil appear to hold a lot of promise as treatments for a range of complaints. It is recommended that you consult your veterinarian before undertaking any treatment, 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 pets across the world. We've been using it in our grooming sessions for a long time and know it has potential for a positive effect from our own experiences. Buy Relievet CBD It is a really great way to supplement your pet's Endocannabinoid System to keep balance for potentially helping with old age, anxiety, arthritis, inflammation and even just general pain relief!

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