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Endocannabinoid System

Water, CBD and Homeostasis: A Balancing Act

Like a tightrope walker, the human body seeks balance. Your body has developed a highly honed ability to achieve an internal state of equilibrium, referred to as homeostasis. This system of checks and balances to keep you functioning on an even keel is influenced by the endocannabinoid system. Both internal (endogenous) and external cannabinoids (CBD) affect the cannabinoid system, which means they have a role in this balancing act.

Endocannabinoid System and Homeostasis

The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system and immune system. These receptors bind to both endocannabinoids and external cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).

The hypothalamus contains cannabinoid receptors, and research shows that the endocannabinoids that bind to these receptors help regulate homeostasis. Disruptions in this process, through illness, injury or medication, can affect homeostasis.

The endocannabinoid system helps control everything from mood, cognition, movement, appetite, immune response, sleep, ovulation, and sperm development.

It's responsible for regulating balance in our body’s immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, and more. In spite of the integral role this system takes on, until recently it remained an unknown part of the human body’s functions.

Named for the plant that inspired its discovery, the endocannabinoid system’s importance is only just becoming understood by the medical community. It is through this system that the naturally occurring cannabinoids interact with our bodies and trigger its beneficial effects. With the potential to greatly affect the way our bodies work, it is essential that we recognize how to maintain a healthy endocannabinoid system.

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