Did you know every mammal, including humans, are born with an Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? The prefix “endo” means internal or within and cannabinoid is a type of neurotransmitter. The Endocannabinoid System is a system of naturally occurring neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoids are generated on demand and bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout the brain, immune system, and peripheral nervous system.
So, now that you know Endocannabinoids are produced in your body whether you use hemp or not, what are Phytocannabinoids? Phytocannabinoids are present in many varieties of hemp plant. One of the most commonly known is Cannabidiol (CBD), but there are many other cannabinoids and terpenes that play an important role in the functions of the ECS. Cannabinoids and terpenes are an adaptogen, meaning they adapt to where needed and are also synergistic when more Phytocannabinoids are taken together.
Since Endocannabinoids are created on-demand, some Endocannabinoids systems can become deficient and not able to produce certain cannabinoids on its own. This is where Phytocannabinoids can come into play. When having a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, this creates “The Entourage Effect”. Phytocannabinoids can be found in many Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum hemp oils, topicals, flowers, and vapes.
The Endocannabinoid system has many important functions and properties within the body. This complex system being so unique is intriguing to what researchers will continue to discover!