Homeostasis and the Endocannabinoid System

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When we consume CBD, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies. The benefits that come from CBD are a result of this interaction. It is thought that this is mostly due to the endocannabinoid system’s role in maintaining homeostasis. Read on to learn more about homeostasis and how CBD products are related.

What is homeostasis?

Homeostasis describes the state that our bodies must maintain in order to survive and be healthy. It is also used to describe the processes that take place in order to maintain this state of equilibrium. Lots of factors need to be kept between certain limits for our bodies to function properly.

This includes many different things, including:

  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Water content

A number of processes and systems are working within your body to maintain this equilibrium. For example, if we get too cold, the body undergoes certain processes (such as shivering and constricting blood vessels) to help conserve heat and warm the body up to within healthy limits.

How does the endocannabinoid system help maintain homeostasis?

Our body naturally produces endocannabinoids to interact with the ECS. It is thought that this increased production occurs when an imbalance is detected in the body. Since cannabinoid receptors are found in various parts of our body, most notably the brain and nervous system, it affects a number of different processes and bodily functions.

When cannabinoids interact with these receptors, the appropriate chemical response is stimulated in order to restore the balance. These processes are regularly occurring in our bodies to address imbalances and maintain homeostasis.

How can CBD products help?

While our body produces endocannabinoids, cannabis and CBD products contain phytocannabinoids, i.e. plant cannabinoids. Sometimes, not enough cannabinoids are naturally produced in the body or they do not work efficiently enough to restore imbalances. In this case, using CBD oil and other products can help to supplement the cannabinoids in our bodies.

Cannabinoids consumed through CBD oil interact with our endocannabinoid system in the same way as those we naturally produce, helping to assist with the maintenance of homeostasis. As a result, CBD oil can help us to address balances related to our immune system, sleep, digestion, pain, and more.

If you want to see what benefits CBD oil and other products can offer for your health and wellbeing, then check out the range of full spectrum CBD products we have available in our online store.