Nearly all animals have an endocannabinoid system. That’s including vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish) and invertebrates (sea urchins, mussels, and nematodes). Insects, apparently, are devoid of this, otherwise, ubiquitous system that regulates the immune system, nervous system, and organ systems with chemicals signaling to reduce pain, inflammation, regulate neurologic function, metabolism and support healthy digestive system, and reproductive system.
The endocannabinoid system involves three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body. They’re similar to cannabinoids (CBD), but they’re produced by your body. The most common one is anadamide aka the “runners high.” These help keep internal functions running smoothly. Experts believe that maintaining homeostasis is the primary role of the ECS. For example, if an outside force, such as pain from an injury or a fever, throws off your body’s homeostasis, your ECS kicks in to help your body return to its ideal operation.
Cannabinoids like CBD interact with the ECS by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows it to have a plethora of positive effects on the body and mind.
So be sure to share your hemp extracts with your furry friends. Their ECS will thank you later!