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The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids are not only found in the cannabis plant — they’re also naturally occurring chemicals found in the body. The cannabinoids created in the body are part of the endocannabinoid system, and they act as messengers sending signals to the brain, gut or other areas to help regulate basic bodily functions. When you ingest cannabinoids, they impact the body by talking to the endocannabinoid system.

What does it do?

The endocannabinoid system is still a relatively recent discovery in the vast timeline of understanding human biology. A lot is unknown about how it works, but emerging research suggests it has a significant role in regulating memories, metabolism, stress and pain response, sleep, and reproduction. 

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What are CB1 & CB2 Receptors?

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With two primary receptors, the endocannabinoid system is vital to our sense of wellbeing. CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. These moderate everything from mood and memory to motor function and the perception of pain. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, can be found primarily in the immune system and gut - although recent research indicates that these receptors may also be in the brain. CB2 receptors help moderate our response to inflammation as well as how our body handles pathogens.

Benefits &  Beyond

Researchers, scientists and medical professionals are all working to understand and validate the legitimate benefits of CBD in its various forms and delivery methods. In fact, in 2019 the U.S. Government allocated $3 million to research on CBD. While this will be shared across nine studies, this action moves us towards learning more about exactly how CBD interacts with the body.

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