Homeostasis is a word that is thrown around a lot in the CBD industry. Whenever someone is talking about the human endocannabinoid system the word gets mentioned. If we look at the definition of homeostasis we get this definition from Wiki:
In biology, homeostasis is the state of steady internal physical and chemical conditions maintained by living systems. Wikipedia
However, that does not really clear up what homeostasis is exactly. How frustrating, right. No worries. I have a simple way for us curious but maybe not Ph.D. level educated people to understand what homeostasis is and how it relates to the endocannabinoid system.
Homeostasis is simply the act of being alive. In order to obtain and keep the act of being alive, our bodies systems must constantly keep us within the window of our homeostasis balance.
How does that relate to the human endocannabinoid system?
The system in our bodies that is directly responsible for keeping all of our other systems doing what they need to do to stay balanced is the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is a system that has a bunch of CB receptors that are located in all the other systems of the body. These receptors act as a lock, and cannabinoids like, the ones found in CBD, act as a key.
A great example of what keeping our systems balanced looks like is our body temperature. The human body needs to remain around 97 degrees to maintain life. In other words to maintain homeostasis.
If the temperature outside is 104 degrees our endocannabinoid system will begin activating receptors. Those receptors make the systems in our body’s start to take actions that will cool us off. Think of sweat.
If the temperature outside is 23 degrees our endocannabinoid system will start processes to keep ourselves warm. Things like shivering and circulation restriction.
Keeping us balanced.
There are a huge number of examples I could give. Our ECS is responsible for keeping our ph levels balanced, our circulatory system regulated and so much more. Endocannabinoid receptors are literally located in almost every other system that we have. Basically, the entire job of our ECS is to keep us in a state of balance regardless of external conditions
So there you have it, a little better understanding of a simple subject that so many make complicated. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.