Most people don’t realize that we are already producing our own cannabinoids in our bodies. These are called endocannabinoids. They are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in our nervous system.
There are cannabinoid receptors in your lungs, brain, liver, immune system, kidneys, and other places as well. The therapeutic (and psychoactive) properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.
Your body also has naturally occurring endocannabinoids similar to THC that stimulate your cannabinoid receptors and produce a variety of important physiologic processes.
Their role in our body is to help support our regulatory system. It’s a tough job to keep our bodies balanced day-in and day-out. We have so many internal systems and processes to keep running at optimal levels.
Our endocannabinoids have been given the task of watching over everything from our immune system function and controlling our pain management system to keeping internal inflammation in check.
In fact, things like basic pain sensation or tolerance, metabolic regulation, anxiety, bone growth, memory, mood sleep, appetite, nerves and immune function are all partially regulated and run by our endocannabinoids.
Our systems are doing the best they can to regulate everything on a daily basis, but every system could use a helping hand.
CBD acts like a helper in kick starting our immune system, helping the functions of our body’s central regulatory system and helps keep our receptors primed and working at optimal capacity.
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