The Endocannabinoid System: A game-changing discovery
The recent discovery of an ancient biological system is now recognized as a game changer in health, wellness and sustained high performance.
Discovered in the 1990s, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a vast network of cellular receptors that date back an estimated 600 million years. Remarkably the ECS exists in all animals except insects, and it developed before the central nervous system.
Scientists now know that the ECS promotes balance and optimal wellness at the cellular level, supporting among other things, the brain, central nervous system, immunity, and gut health.
How it works
The ECS consists of a vast network of neurotransmitters and receptors, called CB1 and CB2, that are highly concentrated in specific areas of the mind and body such as the brain, central nervous system, and immune system. Scientists now understand that the ECS is critical for the coordination and maintenance of optimal health and wellbeing – commonly referred to as homeostasis.
The ECS plays a vital role in optimizing
human health and vitality
When functioning properly, the ECS receptors work to support the body’s innate capacity to achieve and sustain optimal health by communicating critical information to cells, organs, and glands.
ECS deficiency and imbalance
The ECS receptors work to support the body’s natural balance. But a number of things interfere with and erode receptors in the ECS, including poor nutrition, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and chronic stress.
Science now shows that the nutrients found in hemp and other plants directly influence these receptors, and serve as a natural defense and boost for the ECS in ways that support optimal health and performance.
The proven power of plant-based nutrients
Phytocompounds are a combination of naturally occurring nutrients found in plants, including hemp, that feed and support receptors in the ECS. At least 113 natural phytocompounds have been identified in the hemp plant alone. Some of the most recognized nutrients in hemp include Cannabidiol, Cannabichromene, Cannabigerol, and Cannabinol.
Phytocompounds found in a wide range of other plants also feed receptors in the ECS, and there are thousands of studies demonstrating the benefits of these plants. For example, the benefits derived from plants such as ginger root, green tea, turmeric, and ashwagandha are widely recognized.
In addition, phytocompounds contained in these plants can work together to spark something called the “entourage effect,” in which more than 100 naturally occurring compounds may work together to activate receptors in the ECS — including essential vitamins (vitamins A, C and E), B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine and niacin, minerals (zinc, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium), amino acids, fiber, protein, flavonoids and chlorophyll, among others. Finally, Chinese medicine has long pointed to the synergistic benefits of combining hemp with other potent herbs and botanicals.
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