What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is, simply put, possibly the most important physiological system within the human body, along with other major networks including the immune system, nervous system and digestive system. This complex, cell-signalling network and its receptors spans every inch of us, within those other systems, in almost every skin cell throughout all of our bones, muscles, organs and more. It’s heavily indicated in many bodily processes including mood, sleep, appetite, fertility, memory, fine-tuning most of our physiological functions. Keeping this system working just as it should is vital in establishing and maintaining human health.
We produce our own version of the phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant, called endocannabinoids. Most famously Anandamide, named after the Sanskrit word for ‘bliss’ thanks to it’s ability to reduce pain, inflammation and send feelings of euphoria among many other attributes. But the human body works in such a way that when Anandamide is released, an enzyme (FAAH) quickly gets to work breaking it down, limiting how far it can get and what it can do. Moreover, stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and many other things that impact our health on a daily basis can prevent us from producing enough of our endocannabinoids, potentially leading to a full body imbalance referred to as ‘endocannabinoid deficiency’. The result? Pretty much any health and wellbeing concern you can think of.