Simply put, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system that helps to keep our bodies in optimal balance or homeostasis. The ECS consists of a collection of receptors that run throughout our bodies and have a variety of functions. These receptors help regulate functions such as sleep, mood, pain, reproduction, and even digestion. Think of them as messengers that send your body signals to stay in homeostasis. When something falls out of balance or becomes deficient, the body becomes vulnerable to a variety of conditions and/or illnesses. Though our body naturally produces cannabinoids, they too can be supplemented, just like vitamins.
This is where cannabidiol, better known as CBD may come into play. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 85 different cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant. As it enters our body it is thought to unblock the receptors we need to rebalance, possibly aiding in supporting muscle recovery, a deeper sleep, better digestion and mood control.
Did you know that the endocannabinoid system is found in all vertebrate species? This is why CBD products may also greatly benefit our pets!