It is responsible for helping the body achieve perfect cellular balance (homeostasis)
The Endocannabinoid System is a specialized network of cellular communication. It is a super dynamic system that supports cellular communication. It is fundamental for almost every body process. It sets the framework to send and receive high levels of cellular information. It is known to influence and support almost all behaviour in the body.
It controls the way that cells share their messages with different tissues and organs, thus helping them to better perform. It is a major part of the central and peripheral nervous system and a fundamental part of the immune system. The ECS is so fundamental to our survival If this system is out of balance, it is almost impossible to conceive a child.
Simply explained it is comprised of three parts.
The ECS uses all three components to modulate and support a host of different body processes. Endocannabinoids are messengers that have vital information for different body processes. The way they get their information into the cells is through trafficking areas called receptors.
This communication is sometimes referred to as a lock and key type of signaling. The endocannabinoid are the messengers that want to share information with the body. They must do that at special areas in the cells called receptors. The endocannabinoids must unlock the receptors so they can communicate and transfer data. The endocannabinoids are the keys and the receptors are the locks.
The ECS is highly integrated and intuitive however, it is not immune to damage. When the ECS is working efficiently it can help the body ward off illness and disease. It assists the body’s healing processes and supports body system functions.
When the ECS is damaged or deficient, it is highly implicated as the culprit in disease. It was once thought that the only way to activate the ECS was by consuming cannabis. We now know this is not the only way to unlock the benefits of this intelligent system. Special nutrients and essential oils contain molecules that affect the ECS, and these can be used to support cell signaling.
Endocannabinoid molecules signal within the ECS to talk to different areas of the body. The endocannabinoids are a very important part of cell communication. They too can become out of balance causing disruption to the system. It’s important to understand the basics of the ECS and how it can be targeted to help the body achieve higher states of wellbeing. This is important because it is the master regulatory system and balances all the other body systems. It's main goal is to achieve homeostasis (perfect cellular balance).
Some messengers have varying degrees of excitatory and inhibitory behaviours.
Cannabinoids can take on either of these roles because they are constantly interfacing with a variety of signaling molecules.
Cannabinoid agonists (messengers that activate receptors) have been shown to act on the system as follows:
(Grant et al., 2005), (Grotenhermen et al., 2002), (Mackie 2006), (Martin, 2002), (Pertwee, 2000), (Porter et al., 2001), (Rondon, 2001), (Williamson et al., 2000).
The receptor is a specialized protein that if found embedded within the cell membrane. It is responsible for allowing different messengers in and out of the cell. It is also a trafficking area. Receptors get messages from different messengers and then send those messages throughout the body.
It is believed that certain frequencies can activate a receptor in the same way that chemical messengers activate a receptor in a "lock and key" type of behaviour. Now we have many different ways to support activation at receptor sites especially when we are dealing with the ECS.