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CBD and the Endocannabinoid System 101

If you’ve noticed how much better you feel after working out or getting a good night’s rest, then you have your endocannabinoid system to thank. This complex biological system is partially responsible for regulating a variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, and metabolism. CBD oil and water based CBD products help the endocannabinoid system work harder so you sleep better, move better, and ultimately live better. Here’s everything you need to know about the endocannabinoid system and CBD oil and water based CBD.

Key Parts of the Endocannabinoid System

There are three parts to the endocannabinoid system: cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoid, and metabolic enzymes. Each of these key components work together with the central nervous system to help maintain homeostasis and provide balance within our bodily functions.

The body contains two types of endocannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2. They bind to cannabinoids produced within the body — like anandamide and 2-AG — to produce a wide range of physiological effects.

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System 101

CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is a phytocannabinoid. Similar to endocannabinoids produced within the body, phytocannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors to create a series of therapeutic effects. While THC binds to CB1 receptors to produce physiological and psychoactive effects, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a different and indirect capacity. By inhibiting endocannabinoid signaling and thus increasing intracellular endocannabinoid levels, CBD highlights your body’s natural efforts towards wellness. CBD works in tandem with an increased amount of anandamide - often referred to as the “bliss molecule,” anandamide affects the brain’s systems of pleasure and motivation.

Health Benefits of CBD

Currently, CBD is only FDA-approved for the treatment of certain epilepsy disorders. However, research suggests that CBD may help the endocannabinoid system to act as a neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, regulate stress and mood, and more.

Pharmaceutical Technology and the Endocannabinoid System

Water based CBD drops offer higher bioavailability, such as RESET Balance, uses pharmaceutical technology, which allows the CBD to take a more direct route to the cell than regular CBD oil. This means it can better endure the digestion process and flow straight into the bloodstream to deliver health benefits directly to the parts of the body that need it most. With nanotech science, RESET’s CBD products are the best match for the endocannabinoid system, working in harmony to make you feel better and live better today.

While integrating CBD into your daily routine helps to improve your health, there are also ways to help your body produce endocannabinoids naturally by making certain lifestyle changes. These include limiting your alcohol intake, incorporating activities that reduce stress — such as exercising without overexertion — and even by simply socializing.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.