The Endocannabinoid System is a specialized communication network created in the body. It supplies the body with the framework necessary to send and receive high levels of cellular information. It is known to adjust and support cellular activity – meaning it controls the way that cells share their messages with different tissues and organs, thus helping them to better perform.
Simply explained it is comprised of three parts.
- cannabinoid receptors
- creating and degrading enzymes.
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 messengers 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.