How cannabis keeps your body in balance

Man has been looking for balance in his life all his life. Work-life balance is well known. Or balance between partner and family. We also look for spiritual balance, where we are, as it were, neutral in a world full of good and evil. And see things as they are, without judgment.

Your body, the system in your body that keeps you alive. There are several systems at work that take care of this, such as:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Respiratory system

The endocannabinoid system is a subsystem found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, gland, and immune cells. It has an important task in all those systems. The main goal is HOMEOSTASIS: the balance of all functions in the body (such as temperature, acidity, blood pressure, and respiration) and the body’s ability to maintain this balance, despite environmental influences. [1]

Out of balance due to recreational use

The body strives to be in balance. CBD can help with that if you have complaints.

THC is known to get you high/stoned. With recreational use, you deliberately bring your body out of balance and many people find that pleasant. Because THC stimulates the appetite, recreational cannabis users have binge eating afterward. They have a good appetite and will eat well.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are substances that are not only found in the cannabis plant, but also in your body. They are substances that support the endocannabinoid system and help it achieve its main goal of homeostasis.

There are cannabinoids that have a beneficial effect:

  • CBD
  • THC
  • CBG
  • CBC
  • CBN

What does the endocannabinoid system do?

The endocannabinoid system is a subsystem that supports and aids other systems, such as digestion, for example.

The human body has an autonomic nervous system. The autonomous nervous system regulates the functions in your body that you do not have to think about: breathing, heartbeat, digestion.

This is where the balance comes in again. The endocannabinoid system ensures balance in the system and therefore in your body. It works supports different processes in our body: pain stimuli, immune system, digestion.

When you are hungry, your body is not in balance. Your body needs nutrients so that it can get back into balance. The endocannabinoid system gives off a signal that makes you feel hungry and you start eating.

Think of it as a control room with all kinds of different buttons. The endocannabinoid system ensures that the right button is pressed. Provided the right worker (the cannabinoid) is present to push that button.

CBD, THC, CBG, CBC and CBN are cannabinoids that can help push the right button.

A person who is sick may have a loss of appetite. By giving the right cannabinoid (for example, THC that stimulates appetite), the button can be pushed that stimulates the appetite.

CB1 and CB2

Our body contains receptors. A receptor is a receiver that then emits a signal. When a receptor receives a cannabinoid, a reaction is bound to take place. The body has different receptors for cannabinoids. The best known are the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are mainly located in the brain and respond to THC.

CB2 receptors are mainly located in the organs. They do not exist in the brain. These receptors are involved in important autonomic bodily functions.

The body also produces cannabinoids, the so-called endocannabinoids. Adding extra cannabinoids such as CBD supports the system in your body. It stimulates the system to make more endocannabinoids and make more cannabinoid receptors. This can only make the effect bigger.

Therefore, someone who uses CBD may not feel the effect immediately, but will after a few days.

Active substances

CBD and THC are the best-known cannabinoids from hemp and are also the most abundant in the plant. In addition, there are other cannabinoids that come from hemp. Such as CBG, CBC and CBN.

What causes the active substances in CBD:

  • CBD is antibacterial
  • Relieves pain
  • Relieves anxiety attacks
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle cramps
  • Calming effect

And this is just a small selection from the list of what the active substances bring about in the human (and animal) body.

There is still a lot to discover

There is still so much we don’t know about cannabis, cannabinoids and our bodies. Many studies have already been done into the functioning of the cannabinoid system in our body.

As a result, hemp and cannabis are increasingly seen as ‘harmful drugs’.

More and more people are benefiting from the use of cannabis in the form of CBD oil.

Do the mainstream pharmaceutical industry really see this as a threat? Will they do everything they can to keep cannabis in the dark? Major drug companies are the main financiers behind the anti-legalization movement and that even anti-cannabis researchers are on the payroll of the pharmaceutical companies. The question is also whether pro-cannabis researchers also allow their prejudices to play a role.

It’s always a two-sided story.

Our interest goes out to the patient, to you. The person who benefits from CBD, so that normal functioning is possible again.

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