Knowing where CBD comes from is one thing, but what about this all-important interaction we keep talking about?
For CBD to exert its influence, it needs a point of contact—the endocannabinoid system. The name may sound complicated, but its role is pretty straightforward.
The endocannabinoid system or ECS exists in all mammals, including dogs, cats, and even non-mammals like goldfish.
In humans, the role of the ECS is a relatively recent discovery (the early ’90s), which is why research is still ongoing, but the significance of such a system shouldn’t be underestimated.
What we do know is the following; the ECS functions as a regulatory system that plays a role in the vital organs, brain, and the nervous and immune systems.
It’s job is to observe all these systems and ensure they are in working order, getting the resources they need when they need them. If for some reason they aren’t, it will see if it can help by signalling the release of specific biological compounds and enzymes.
CBD acts as the conductor of your endocannabinoid system.
It doesn’t get involved directly with the day to day running, but it does make sure your body’s enzymes and chemical compounds are where they need to be when necessary. CBD can, however, lead from the front, and on occasion, will interact with receptors attached to the ECS.