All things Cannabis industry: What is the ECS System and how does it work with Cannabis?
Throughout the human body, there are small endogenous molecules know as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids contain arachidonic acid, anandamide, and arachidonoyl glycerol. This network of endocannabinoids in people and other mammals makes up the Endocannabinoid System or ECS. The ECS was not discovered until the late 1980s. Research done on cannabis treatments uncovered the ECS. Researchers were trying to figure out why cannabis treatments had positive results with so many ailments.
How the ECS works:
The ultimate function of the ECS is homeostasis or maintaining balance. The ECS works at the cellular level by stimulating C1 or C2 receptors. The type of receptor stimulated depends on the organ or body system in need of repair. Genetics and inherited autoimmune diseases compromise the ECS. What may have an even bigger impact, however, is a lifestyle choice. Abusing tobacco, alcohol, and medications may interfere with the ECS process and having a sedentary existence doesn’t help either.
Cannabis and the ECS:
Treating various conditions with cannabis works well with the ECS because the cannabis plant mirrors the system. Ingesting or applying cannabis topically, instinctively works at the cellular level to improve conditions and alleviate pain. Marijuana and cannabis research has taken it a step further and developed particular strains of cannabinoids to concentrate on specific conditions. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the cannabinoid found in marijuana. In a marijuana plant, there is between 5% and 30% THC. Though THC is best known for the euphoric high, as it binds to the C1 receptors it can also relieve nausea, improve appetite, and reduce pain and anxiety.
A hemp plant with primarily CBD cannabinoids targets C2 receptors and alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and helps with digestive disorders.
The research involving the ECS and utilizing cannabis is promising. It is important to note that cannabis and especially marijuana does have adverse side-effects if not dosed and taken correctly. Additionally, cannabis treatments are not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
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