In school, you spent time learning about your body’s different systems – the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive and respiratory systems, just to name a few (remember?).  But did you know there is another lesser-known system, only discovered in the 1990s, that you didn’t study, but which basically helps to hold you together? Yes, it’s called your ‘endocannabinoid system’(ECS).

Well, as it turns out, there’s not a part of your body this system isn’t involved in – from mood, to memory, sleep, pain control and appetite, the ECS is linked to them all. And because it’s involved in just about every physiological or biological process in the body, it’s also likely to be involved in just about every disease or condition we experience as well.

In general terms, the ECS helps the body to distribute substances called ‘endo cannabinoids’ which occur naturally in our body, and which are also found in plants such as hemp and cannabis. When endocannabinoids bind with the receptors in your brain or body, they trigger cell activity which in turn may help to do things like reduce pain, lower inflammation or decrease anxiety.

When your endocannabinoids system is balanced, so are you. Pain is controlled, anxiety is handled and inflammation is decreased. But if for some reason the system is out of whack, then problems may occur. For example, higher than normal levels of cannabinoids can often be found in people with weight problems while lower levels are now being linked to problems with pain and over sensitivity. Many health concerns can be linked to deficiencies in the neurotransmitter system and possibly endocannabinoid deficiency, such as migraine, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. This is all still a theory right now, but researchers are collecting more evidence to back that theory up. Balancing the endocannabinoids system could just be the answer to some of your of niggling health concerns.

So, when your ECS is possibly part of the problem, three other little letters – CBD – may be part of the answer.  CBD, or ‘cannabidiol’ oil, is made from the flowers, leaves and stems of the cannabis plant, but doesn’t get you high or cause any hallucinogenic effects (sorry!). What CBD does do is produce a range of positive health effects, such as managing anxiety, migraine pain, IBS, fibromyalgia pain and epilepsy. And CBD’s role in balancing the ECS system is thought to be one of the reasons why.

In Australia, CBD must be prescribed for a specific problem, but legislation is changing, albeit slowly and by June 2021, you should be able to buy low dose CBD over-the-counter at your pharmacy.  At the moment, if you’re suffering one of the conditions that CBD is thought to help, it might be worth chatting to your GP or cannabis access clinic about giving it a try.

If you don’t want to head down the CBD oil path just yet though, there are many legally accessible hemp-based products you can also try, such as our Cannopathy products, hemp seed oils and transdermal hemp patches.  Give them a go!  You’ll feel better for it.