Did You Know About Your Hidden Nervous System?
The ‘hidden nervous system’ and CBD.
It might just be a match made in heaven when it comes to natural healing
Only as recently as the 1990’s did scientists discover a ‘hidden nervous system’ in the body.
This physiological system is responsible for a range of regulatory processes in our body- sleep, mood, and appetite, and so on; it also has the potential to promote healing in the body.
This system is called our endocannabinoid system; it could be the body’s natural, therapeutic answer to illness!
WHAT IS OUR ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
‘Endo’ or ‘endogenous’ translates to something found naturally inside, and ‘cannabinoid’ refers to a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis.
This means the body produces its very own cannabinoids, similar to those found in cannabis.
But why does this matter?
Our body has cannabinoid receptors located around the body; these receptors are both messengers and receivers and allow cannabinoids to bind to them.
Depending on where the receptor is in the body will determine what part of the ECS goes into action.
Regardless, this kickstarts the regulation and rebalancing of a variety of processes in our bodies.
These receptors split into two kinds:
CB1 – the central nervous system (CNS) i.e. the brain and spinal cord.
CB2- the peripheral nervous system (PNS) i.e. your organs, gut, and blood vessels.
This means that pretty much any part of the body can benefit from the presence of cannabinoids!
Once the ECS has done its job, enzymes break down endocannabinoids and balance is maintained.
THE ECS AND CBD
CBD is a cannabinoid called a cannabinol, meaning it can work with the body in the same way that our endocannabinoids do, helping to regulate our system when our body is feeling a out of balance.
The great thing about CBD is that it can be used by a wide range of people.
Because the extraction process removes THC (the cannabis component that gets you high), meaning you can benefit from the effects of cannabinol without the side effects!
BREAKING DOWN THE BENEFITS
CBD can support over 350 systems in the body.
CBD has potential to help:
o Improve anxiety and depression
o Regulate the reproductive system
o Reduce pain and inflammation
o Support relaxation and sleep.
There is also growing evidence that CBD is neuroprotective, meaning it can help improve symptoms of chronic illnesses, such as IBS and Parkinson’s Disease.
There is also now mounting evidence to show that CBD has anticancer potential, by inhibiting the spread and growth of cancerous cells in the body, as well as helping to improve symptoms of pain and nausea.
Research suggests that an endocannabinoid deficiency might be responsible for a range of problems, such as a lower pain threshold, digestive issues, low mood, and neurological issues.
There is also evidence of a link between deficiency and the development of migraines, fibromyalgia, and IBS.
CBD might therefore be a necessary ‘clinical nudge’ in supplementing the missing cannabinoids needed to help combat deficiency and restore homeostasis (balance) in the body.
Discover how CBD can help you.
Have a blessed, wonderful day!
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