Deep within the brain just above the brain stem is a cluster of nerve cells called the hypothalamus.Your body has developed a hightly honed ability to achieve an internal state of equilibrium, reffered to as homeostasis.The hypothalamus contains cannabinoid receptors, and research shows that the endocannabinoids that bind to these receptors help regulate homeostasis. Disruptions in this process, through illness, injury or medication, can affect homeostasis.This system of “checks and balances” to keep you functioning on an even keel is influenced by the endocannabinoid system. Both internal (endogenous) and external cannabinoids (those found in cannabis) affect the cannabinoid system, which means they have a role in this balancing act. This structure is involved in the endocrine (hormone) system and helps regulate key processes such as:
The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system and immune system. These receptors bind to both endocannabinoids and external cannabinoids, such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) along with many more chemical compounds in cannabis. The cannabinoids from cannabis have the ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors and restore balance. Cannabis has been shown to offer health benefits in treating a number of conditions associated with homeostatic imbalance, including:
In conclusion, Aristotle once said that “nature abhors a vacuum.” Nature also abhors imbalance, and like a tightrope walker, we need to be able to restore balance for ultimate functioning and performance. Cannabis can help us walk that “health tightrope”.