Demystifying CBD: The Endocannabinoid System

Did you know that our bodies have an entire system made to receive and interact with cannabinoids like CBD and THC?! That’s right, our bodies have co-evolved with hemp and cannabis to receive a myriad of physical and mental health benefits from their plant compounds via the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

Don’t worry if you didn’t know that, the ECS wasn’t even discovered until 1988 and 30+ years later, we still have a lot to learn due to a huge lack of research (thanks to cannabis prohibition and the failed drug war)1.


According to Project CBD, “the ECS is a biochemical communication system in the human body, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.”2 

The ECS is made up of cannabinoid receptors found in our brain and throughout our organs, even our largest organ, the skin.1 These receptors interact with exogenous cannabinoids, like CBD or THC and with endogenous. Although both compounds have a place in the system, CBD and THC play different roles in how they interact with and affect our bodies.Project CBD even goes as far as so say “it is an established scientific fact that cannabinoids and other components of cannabis can modulate many physiological systems in the human brain and body.”2

Go deeper on the science and learn more about how CBD is absorbed and utilized by this incredible system via Project CBD HERE.


Read the next edition of Demystifying CBD on The Blossom to learn about the experiential and physiological differences between the two most famous cannabinoids, creative + heady THC and grounding + calming CBD. We’ll share the link right here when it is live!


  1. Leinow & Birnbaum, CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis

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