The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors (called CB1 and CB2) spread throughout the body – in the brain along with the central and peripheral nervous systems. This network of receptors controls many vital life functions, including the immune system, anxiety, memory, appetite, sleep patterns, mood, stress, inflammation and pain sensation.
This critical system wasn't discovered until the 1990's. Anandamide was the first, naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid. It was found by Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus.
The body’s ECS promotes biological balance in every cell, tissue and organ supporting brain, immune, nervous and overall health and wellness. Experts believe that its overall function is to regulate homeostasis, or balance.
Endocannabinoid deficiency can be present as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, drug abuse, environmental toxins, genetic factors, chronic stress and compromised health. A deficiency within the ECS can manifest itself into different issues: anxiety, sleep issues, pain sensation, etc. And when deficient, the ECS can be supported by full spectrum, phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant.
A brief overview of the Endocannabionid System is linked below.
Full spectrum oil with naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes have the best impact on the ECS. CBD Isolate products have an impact, but are not considered as effective. Research shows that hgher doses of CBD Isolate products are needed.