HEALTH & WELLNESS
Many people are turning to CBD products for their ability to decrease pain, treat symptoms of anxiety, improve sleep, and even promote focus.
How do CBD products work to treat so many different issues, though? Learn more about how CBD products affect the Endocannabinoid System in both humans and animals, how they restore homeostasis in the body, as well as how they can decrease levels of cortisol in the body.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System is a biological system present in both humans and their pets. The three key components of the Endocannabinoid System are:
- Endocannabinoid receptors
- Metabolic enzymes
This system works to regulate different body functions like sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and reproduction. It also works to form and break synapses, or the connection of cells, in the brain to help improve memory and the internal functions of the body.
Triggering the ECS
The body and brain naturally synthesize endocannabinoids in response to its new external environment in order to better react to it. Exercise, stress, pain, and anxiety can all elicit a response from the ECS. For example, endocannabinoids respond to stress by decreasing the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body to help you relax again.
If the ECS isn’t producing endocannabinoids quickly enough or the receptors aren’t responding, CBD products can supplement the system to improve the production of endocannabinoids and the response time of receptors.
CBD and Homeostasis
Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to maintain balance and allows the body to operate at its optimal level. In order to effectively survive, function, and grow, the body must be able to maintain its equilibrium despite an ever-changing external environment.
Keeping a stable internal environment requires constant adjustments as conditions change inside and outside the cell. The adjusting of systems within a cell is called homeostatic regulation. Because the internal and external environments of a cell are constantly changing, adjustments must be made continuously to stay at or near the setpoint, or the normal level or range. Homeostasis can be thought of as a dynamic equilibrium rather than a constant, unchanging state.
The Importance of Homeostasis
Homeostasis is important because disturbances to the body’s equilibrium may lead to health problems such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Research shows that the Endocannabinoid System plays a significant role in maintaining homeostasis.
The ECS will naturally synthesize cannabinoids to interact with the cannabinoid receptors when an imbalance is detected in the body in order to restore homeostasis. If there’s a deficiency of endocannabinoids in the body, CBD products can be taken to indirectly promote the increase of endocannabinoids and the activity of receptors.
CBD and Cortisol
Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone. It is mostly known for triggering the body’s fight or flight response. While the body needs cortisol, too much cortisol can lead to health issues, such as:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Memory loss
- Digestive issues
- Weight gain
Excess cortisol can also limit the body’s ability to recover from strenuous physical activity like running, pilates, yoga, interval training, or weight training. Endocannabinoids can respond to mental, emotional, or physical stress by decreasing cortisol and reducing the likelihood or symptoms of the associated health conditions.
Since CBD has the ability to mimic the ECS, it can also help reduce levels of cortisol in our system. This is why those who take CBD products may feel more relaxed. It’s also why CBD treats for pets can help them calm down.
CBD for Overall Health & Wellness
We’re still learning about how CBD works within the body and the ECS, but the most important thing to note is that the effects are positive. CBD may have the ability to keep endocannabinoids in the body’s system longer, which can help lower stress levels. It may also be able to bind with certain receptors to mimic the effect of endocannabinoids when the body isn’t producing enough of them by itself.
If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, or other health conditions we’ve mentioned, Pure Botanical CBD products may be able to help relieve these symptoms and restore your health and sense of wellness. We also offer CBD products for pets to address similar conditions. Browse our online store of CBD products tailored to humans and animals to find an option that fits with your and your pet’s lifestyle. Get in touch with our team if you have any additional questions about CBD or the products we offer, and check out our page about CBD products for animals to learn more about how CBD may be able to help your furry friend and their health conditions.
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