The Endocannabinoid System. You and your pets have one. What is it?

The Endocannabinoid System. You and your pets have one. What is it?

The first cannabinoid receptor was identified, in a rat brain, in 1988. They were concentrated in the brain areas that control mental and physiological process (ie. Cognition, memory, motor skills) and interacted exclusively with receptors found in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a cannabis compound. Then, in 1993, studies found another cannabinoid receptor. This one was located in the immune system and peripheral body tissue. 

Two years later, researchers found the 2 receptors, called the CB-1 and CB-2 were discovered to be in thousands of species other than rats. Virtually all living things have an Endocannabinoid System or ECS. This includes humans, dogs, cats, horses, all mammals, birds, reptiles and even fish. The ECS is even prevalent in many invertebrates like sea urchins, mussels, leeches and worms too. Additional research and technological progress indicates that virtually all living things were designed to interact with cannabinoids. On a most evolutionary level whomever created the life forms present on earth thought the ECS was pretty dang important to keeping all life forms healthy and balanced.

The most important take away here is that phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by plants, ie, CBD) activate CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, providing a number of beneficial effects from plant based healing that occur within the body naturally without the use of other drugs. This was a significant breakthrough, but the health implications were yet to be determined.

In the years since the discovery of the ECS, science has taught us more about how it works. The body’s receptors are called Endocannabinoids, the receptors in CBD and THC are called Phytocannabinoids which are plant based. They interact synergistically to impact the health of the body. The research suggests that when CBD or Phytocannabinoids bonds with the body’s CB-1 or CB-2 receptors it improves the function of those receptors, helping to promote overall health function known as homeostasis or body balance.

The first CBD related drug that has FDA approval has proven to greatly reduce seizures in forms of epilepsy. Seizures are reduced by slowing down nerve activity. CBD has shown efficacy in treating inflammation by suppressing inflammatory response and affecting pain perception. Additionally CBD has shown to be effective in lowering coritsol levels. This allows CBD to be useful in treating anxiety, stress and depression. It's important to note that we are not making any medical claims here, yet a growing body of evidence supports the use of CBD as a natural plant based healing alternative. 

These are just a few examples of the potential of CBD as a treatment option for many conditions. Now that we know that we have an Endocanniboid System and that it benefits has potential benefits for the body and the mind. Research is ongoing to determine the numerous benefits to both animals and humans. 

Yet it seems within the grand design of all living things there is a specific code that interacts favorably with plant based healing or cannabinoids. Don't you owe it to yourself and your pets the opportunity to potentially heal naturally without the use of pharmaceuticals?