By Katie Thomas

We have eleven systems within our body that most people are aware of, for example, the digestive system, respiratory system, and nervous system to name a few. We also have a twelfth system that probably wasn’t mentioned in high school science class, called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s primary function is creating homeostasis (balance) that works with all the other systems within the body.

The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) supports the body’s natural responses to pain, stress, anxiety, and many other issues. It is comprised of receptors that lie within the body: the brain, organs, connective tissues, and glands. These receptors are CB1 (found mostly in the brain and the central nervous system) and CB2 (found primarily in the immune system and even found on white blood cells).

CB1 and CB2 are endocannabinoid receptors that are produced naturally within the body. Ideally these endocannabinoids circulate within the body when needed to keep the body functioning at its best. Phytocannabinoids are derived from plants such as hemp or echinacea that can interact and affect CB1 and CB2 receptors and, in turn, the Endocannabinoid system.

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most abundant phytocannabinoid rich compounds found naturally in hemp. THC is responsible for the “high” feeling. CBD will not get you high but does have incredible health benefits.

Research has shown that CBD can trigger the body to build more endocannabinoid receptors throughout the nervous system and immune system to create homeostasis. CBD acts like the key that unlocks the receptors in the body. PTSD, epilepsy, and IBS are now classified as “clinical endocannabinoid deficiencies.” CBD products give us the opportunity to ‘activate’ the Endocannabinoid system organically to produce more cannabinoids. If we support the production of endocannabinoids in our body with phytocannabinoids and eat in ways that help to nourish the receptors, your body has the potential to bring back a state of vibrant health.

The Endocannabinoid system plays a large role in our body’s balance and can be nourished through phytocannabinoid rich products and certain foods.

The Natural Way in Fenton specializes in helping you stay healthy and fit. With a wide range of natural teas, whole foods, vitamins and supplements, and guidance from our knowledgeable staff, we help you feel your best inside and out!

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468 Old Smizer Mill Rd, Fenton 63026