What is the endocannabinoid system?
What does CBD do? How does CBD work? Do I need to take CBD? To answer these entry-point questions into the world of supplementing with CBD it is essential to understand a bodily system you have likely never heard of: the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
A complex network involved in regulating almost all bodily processes, a well-functioning endocannabinoid system is the gateway to great health, from a happy gut to deep, restful sleep. The ECS was discovered in the 1990s and is now considered to be the most important physiological system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Right now your body is producing its own endocannabinoids in the brain (‘endo’ means ‘inside us’ and cannabinoids are chemicals similar to CBD from the cannabis plant), but CBD derived from the cannabis plant is rich in a form of these clever compounds too: ingesting it can boost wellbeing and positively impact the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce more of these hard-working molecules. Amongst many beneficial qualities, cannabinoids can reduce inflammation in the body and support balance. Think of the ECS as your body’s ‘master regulator’: its main function is to maintain homeostasis in your brain and body regardless of what life throws at you…stress and a lack of sleep, for example. Which is where CBD comes in…
Supplementing with phyto-cannabinoids from good-quality CBD can help restore and optimise the function of your ECS. The way that CBD works isn’t actually by binding with the receptors in your body and brain to literally give them more cannabinoids. Its function is to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids; it’s a catalyst to make your own body work better for you. The ability of a CBD oils to trigger this important inner ‘self-improvement’ is very much connected to its purity and potency. Just as I wouldn’t expect cheap synthetic vitamin supplement to work as well for me as a bio-compatible and highly absorbable premium supplement, it’s important to take a CBD oil has all its beneficial compounds intact and is utilisable by the body. Which is why Dreem Distillery uses broad-spectrum CBD extract (read more on this in my How to Shop CBD blog) in our Night Drops.
I hope you’ve found this summary on the endocannabinoid insightful and interesting. Knowledge is power, as they say: it’s important to me that Dreem Distillery keeps up a conversation with you so that you feel empowered and informed about how our supplements work.