How come CBD has such wide-ranging effects?
Your EndoCannabinoid System (ECS) examined.
While researching the effects of cannabinoids in the early 1990’s, scientists discovered a lipid-based neurotransmitter system running through the brain and body. What we now call the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS), uses cannabinoid like molecules to signal changes and regulation of many brain/ body functions, most notably with regard to stress. The first endocannabinoid identified was named Anandamide, from the Sanskrit for Bliss.
CBD molecules indirectly affect the receptors (CB1 and CB2) in this system, improving regulation. It’s a little like having a rusty lock and key and using CBD as an anti rust lubricant to ease things up and maintain working order.
Research into the ECS and cannabinoids is still in its infancy. We are just starting to appreciate the integrative relationship between hemp oil and humans.
The ECS is present in all vertebrates and has even been found in invertebrate animals such as sea urchins.