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Endocannabinoid System Basics

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is a biological system that everyone has. The ECS can be found present ~ and active! ~ all throughout the body. It is comprised of three main elements:


  1. Endocannabinoids {eCB's}

  2. Their Receptors {ECS Receptors}

  3. Their Reuptake Enzymes


The enzymes are less important, for the sake of understanding basic principles. So, we really have two main elements:


  1. Endocannabinoids

  2. And the Receptors that receive them


In other words, the Endocannabinoid System is a self fulfilling system. It contains both the signalling mechanism and the receiver that picks up the signal's demands. The ECS is self~actualizing and runs according to its own inputs and outputs.


This System is innate to human life and health ~ innate to our ability to thrive, really. ECS Receptors are actually 'built into' cell membranes, and eCB's are pulled out of other membranes and sent towards them. The signalling process is embedded in our structural and biochemical makeup.


The ECS is a self fulfilling system that provides ongoing feedback loops as a way to maintain full body homeostasis.


Ideally, at least. Sometimes the System gets disregulated, just like any other might, at the hands of modern day stress and environmental toxicity. It may be that endocannabinoids aren't getting produced fast enough. It might be that receptor density is mismatched with the body's demands. It might be that sensitivity is low.


The solution? We'll cover some potential ones later.





Written by Thomas Wrona, Copywriter and Cannabis/Hemp/CBD Consultant

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