Homeostasis is defined as: the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.
In other words: balance.
As humans, our bodies (and our lives) are constantly in flux. We are perpetually responding and adapting to the environment around us. For example, think about how your body sweats to cool itself down in response to a hot summer day, how certain foods can uncomfortably disrupt digestion, or how sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic may cause a spike in your blood pressure.
Fortunately, our bodies are also comprised of several biological systems built to automatically respond to these changes. These systems naturally shift us back to our internal equilibrium, or toward achieving and maintaining homeostasis. When the body and mind’s innate center is reached, or when homeostasis occurs, our health, happiness, and overall well-being are greatly improved.
The Endocannabinoid System and Homeostasis
The Endocannabinoid System plays a vital role in maintaining homeostasis within the body. It affects the immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems, our sleep cycles, and some studies suggest even our mood. In short, this biological system is composed of naturally occurring chemical compounds called endocannabinoids and receptors. As the endocannabinoids stimulate key receptors, together they help balance responses in the body. Certain endocannabinoids, like Anandamide (aka the bliss compound) and 2-AG, are integral to our mental function, stress management, immune health, and ability to maintain homeostasis.
But this delicate system of achieving balance is not indestructible. Chronic stress, toxicity, and poor health choices can greatly impair the proper functioning of this process. We’ve all heard by now the negative effects stress can have on our physical, mental, and emotional health. Yet many of us continue to ignore the dangers of living with chronic stress. Chronic stress throws us out of homeostasis and can wreak havoc on the body and mind. It can lead to exhaustion, depression, weight gain, sleep disruptions, and eventually disease.
How to promote Homeostasis
Because the body’s Endocannabinoid System is directly involved in regulating homeostasis, it’s good to give it a boost. Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in hemp plants) such as CBD or THC, provide the support your body needs to continue functioning properly. Though CBD and THC affect your mind and body very differently, they do have some similarities. Both are well-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and both interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System receptors to support health and wellness.
THC and Homeostasis
Though highly stigmatized throughout the United States and other countries, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does have several medicinal benefits. Research shows THC is a supreme pain reliever, dramatically reduces symptoms accompanying chemotherapy and radiation, improves sleep, and more. Unlike other cannabinoids, THC can get you high to an intoxicating level, though to feel the effects of it, you would have to ingest a strain of cannabis with a high enough THC content. Hemp, however, has less than 0.3% THC content making it legal in the U.S. and consistently unable to get you high. Many companies leave this small THC content in their products. However, Proper Hemp Co. extracts all THC out to provide CBD products to mainstream users without risk of job loss.
CBD and Homeostasis
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is another major cannabinoid, though it cannot get you high. This chemical compound interacts with the body’s ECS to help trigger the release of the naturally produced endocannabinoids. Studies show CBD is a powerful yet natural way to relieve pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety, and improve sleep quality. Proper Hemp broad spectrum CBD products balance and boost multiple molecular pathways throughout the body and aid homeostasis.
Achieving and maintaining the dynamic state of homeostasis in our bodies requires synergy. Our bodily systems and organs work together to create this balance. As disruptions and deficiencies in our ECS occur, supplementing with CBD products such as Proper Hemp Co.’s Broad Spectrum Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Extract can prove to be a valuable resource for promoting healthy activity.