The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating homeostasis or “balance” of neuronal activity and other physiological processes in the human body. Naturally occurring endocannabinoids, transmitted across a vast network of receptors in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system, are believed to play a regulatory role in the management of pain, inflammation, memory, emotion, sleep cycles and metabolic functions. The process of releasing endocannabinoids throughout the systems of the body is believed to act as a dimmer switch which constantly works to bring balance in the body.
Plant-based cannabinoids, such as those found in CBD and THC, can work with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which researchers believe may explain many of the physiological effects reported from the use of the cannabis plant.
When the endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning properly, balance is lost, causing disease. Scientists believe that enodcannabinoid deficiency may be the root cause of many debilitating conditions including migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and multiple sclerosis.
Recent studies have shown that active compounds from other plant species such as Carrot (Daucus carota), kava (Piper methyscum), New Zealand liverwort (Radula marginata), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Black pepper (Piper nigrum) also contain compounds that can interact with the endocannibinoid system.