Endocannabinoid: the most important system you’ve probably never heard of 

How well do you know the systems of your body? You’re probably well-acquainted with your muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. But what about the endocannabinoid system (ECS)? 

Only discovered in 1988, we’re still learning about the ECS and how it is essential for regulating and controlling some of your body’s most critical functions. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn about what the endocannabinoid system is and how you can ensure yours is functioning at 100%. 

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is a transmitter system, much like the sympathetic nervous system that sends your body into fight or flight mode. Unlike the sympathetic nervous system, which kicks in during times of stress, the ECS is responsible for regulating bodily functions moment-to-moment. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in:

  • Appetite regulation and digestion
  • Brain plasticity
  • Inflammation
  • Learning and memory
  • Mood regulation 
  • Sleep 
  • Temperature control

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are all over your body, creating the bridge between your body and mind to share important information. The two types of receptors, Type 1 (CB1) and Type 2 (CB2), have very different functionalities. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and play a role in the release of dopamine, while CB2 receptors, found in white blood cells, work to decrease inflammation. 

How can you boost your endocannabinoid system?

Try some cannabidiol (CBD)

You may have noticed a similarity in the words “endocannabinoid” and “cannabis.” It’s no coincidence. CBD hemp oil derived from hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC, you can support your body’s ECS without experiencing any of the hallucinogenic side effects. 

We know it can be tough to find a trustworthy CBD brand, so we went straight to the source and started our own wellness brand merging the untapped powers of emu oil and CBD— Relax and Relief by Enhancewell. Our high-quality products use all natural ingredients and a synergistic blend of emu oil and CBD to provide an unparalleled balance of anti-inflammatory properties and essential fatty acids.

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Finish your shower with a blast of cold water

Kick your CB1 receptors into high gear when you turn the tap to cold for the last minute of your shower. As an added benefit, your circulatory system will also thank you! 

Increase your omega-3s

Don’t skip your omega-3s! A study at the University of Illinois found an “enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules.” Whether you get them by consuming fish, flaxseed, or fish oil capsules, these fatty acids are essential for creating CB1 receptors and starting the process that reduces inflammation.

Go for a run 

Have you ever experienced a “runner’s high”? It’s not just endorphins. It’s the endocannabinoid system. One study compared participants who walked for 45 minutes to those who ran for 45 minutes and found that, in addition to higher plasma levels of endocannabinoids, the runners also “exhibited increased euphoria and decreased anxiety after 45 min of running on a treadmill in a moderate-intensity range compared to walking.”

Not a runner? Other types of medium-to-high-intensity exercise can also activate your cannabinoid receptors. Get your “workout high” when you book a group class or private session with Enhancewell Fitness! 

Incorporate these tips to improve your endocannabinoid system into your regular fitness routine and experience better sleep, a better mood, and improved cognitive functionality. 

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