as humans, we have our own endocannabinoid system of cell receptors located throughout our bodies. these cannabinoid receptors, are part of a vast network responsible for a variety of physiological functions including our appetite, pain-sensation, motor control, immune function, reproduction, sleep, bone development, mood, and memory.
a cannabinoid is a class of diverse compounds that acts on these cannabinoid receptors to alter neurotransmitters throughout the brain & body.
some describe the ecs as the greatest neurotransmitter system in the body, as it lends a hand in seemingly just about everything related to our health and well-being.
there are two primary endocannabinoid receptors in this system, called cb1 and cb2. cb1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main target of one of our endocannabinoids, anandamide, aka the “bliss” molecule. anandamides mirrored phytocannabinoid is the more famous thc.
anandamide is responsible for the regulation of appetite, pleasure, pain regulation and sleep patterns. anandamide targets cb1 receptors in order to balance these systems as well as our overall health. cb1 receptors are the target for anandamide as well as cbd.. but in a unique way.
it doesn’t bind directly to receptors the way anandamide (or thc) does. rather, cbd binds to the surrounding sites on the receptor altering the biding abilities for our naturally made endocannabinoids as well as their breakdown. helping them to stay around longer and work more efficiently.