What is the Endocannabinoid System and How Does CBD Help?

by | Dec 26, 2020 | CBD Education

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the endocannabinoid system was discovered by researchers who were studying tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. While roughly 30+ years have passed since this discovery, there is still limited information about exactly how the endocannabinoid system works and what it does. What is known, however, is that the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in homeostasis, which is a term used to describe the body maintaining a stable equilibrium. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for aiding in the proper functioning of several systems in the body, including the following:

  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Mood 
  • Reproduction and fertility
  • Appetite and metabolism
  • Learning
  • Skin and nerve function
  • Immune system responses
  • Muscle formation

There are three components of the endocannabinoid system that make it so these systems remain stable. They include: 

  • Cannabinoid receptors
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Metabolic enzymes

Cannabinoid receptors live on the surface of cells and are activated by endocannabinoids. When those endocannabinoids have done their job, metabolic enzymes break them down. This repeats, allowing internal systems to run smoothly.

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How Does CBD Help the Endocannabinoid System?

Just as there is more information and research needed regarding this function, there is still much more to learn about CBD. But, what we do know about CBD is that it is beneficial to the endocannabinoid system and helps its overall function, but how?

Some researchers believe that CBD attaches itself to a receptor that has yet to be identified by scientists. CBD attaching to a receptor would help the overall function of the endocannabinoid system, so that logic makes perfect sense. Other researchers, however, think that when CBD is present in the body, it stops the breakdown of endocannabinoids. As mentioned before, endocannabinoids attach to cannabinoid receptors and are then broken down by metabolic enzymes. But, the endocannabinoids can remain in the system longer and provide further benefit to the body if they are not broken down as quickly as they normally would. It is believed that CBD slows that process. Again, these are still theories as they have yet to be proven. 

Effects of CBD on the Endocannabinoid System

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in ways that help reduce symptoms related to a number of different issues, both physical and psychological. For example, when CBD is consumed, it does the following:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces seizures
  • Reduces nervousness
  • Blocks pain
  • Decreases symptoms associated with anxiety, such as nervousness

If you are interested in including CBD into your life, you can do so successfully and without much hassle. It is most beneficial to speak to someone with knowledge about CBD prior to taking it, as they can offer the most experienced, sound advice on where to start and what to expect. 

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Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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