The endocannabinoid system, also known as the ECS, is like a master regulator of your body’s balance, or homeostasis. With that said, it plays a vital role in your overall health and well being.

The body naturally produces a compound similar to chemicals found in the cannabis sativa plant. That’s right…our bodies make something that is a lot like the THC found in marijuana.

The human version of this cannabis-like compound is called an endocannabinoid. Unlike THC, the endocannabinoid won’t make you high, but it does have potential, big-time benefits. All things considered, it’s no wonder so many of our clients are asking what the ECS is, and if the CBD products we sell can help boost deficiencies.

As certified CBD educators, we would like to answer the most asked questions we get about the ECS.

What is the Role of the ECS?

Research suggests the ECS has a significant bearing on a number of body functions and health, including:

  • Sleep
  • Mood
  • Appetite
  • Metabolism
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Bone growth
  • Stress
  • Fertility
  • Nerve disorders
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How Does the ECS Work?

The ECS is a complex messaging system between cells. The messages flow through your central nervous system regulating things like pain, and your peripheral nervous system regulating things like immunity, and inflammation.

So, here’s how it works: Let’s say you have a fever, or you are experiencing body pain. This is when the ECS kicks in, to help restore your body’s balance, and proper function.

There are 3 main players in the ECS:

  • Endocannabinoids – Naturally occurring compounds sending signals between our nerve cells.
  • Receptors – A place where endocannabinoids bind, enhancing delivery of signals.       
  • Enzymes – Catalysts which break down associated compounds like fatty acids.

When all three work in harmony, you are good to go. When there are deficiencies, you will likely have ongoing health issues.

Ties to THC and the Future of the ECS

The ECS was discovered in the early 1990’s when researchers were studying THC. The marvel of THC is that it binds with the 2 kinds of receptors we know about: One is in the central nervous system (pain), and the other in the peripheral nervous system (inflammation and immunity). 

The downside is that THC can also produce unwanted side effects, like anxiety and paranoia. Today’s research focuses on the creation of a synthetic THC cannabinoid that will interact with the body in ways that are only beneficial.

How Does CBD Interact with the ECS?

Experts aren’t completely sure yet how CBD interacts with the ECS.

CBD does not bind with the 2 types of receptors we know about. Researchers are considering the existence of a 3rd receptor. In the meantime, there is also the thought that CBD prevents the breakdown of endocannabinoids. Either way, research suggests CBD can help with pain, nausea, and many other chronic health conditions.

We are Your Premier CBD Dispensary in Metro Milwaukee

If you have any questions about the ECS or how CBD may help, feel free to contact us or stop in to see us at our Menomonee Falls store. At Terrasol Dispensary all of our products are vetted for quality, efficacy, and safety. We are also certified CBD educators, with the knowledge to  help you find the right CBD product, at the best dose, and most effective delivery method for your unique health needs.