We’ve all heard the phrase “never judge a book by its cover.” That concept has never rung truer than in today’s world. In a time when everything is posted for the world to see on social media, it can be challenging to decipher what’s real or not. Instagram fame and YouTube clout can create an illusion of perfection — but real life is far from it.
This is a notion that also carries over beyond the parameters of social media. People get so caught up in assuring others that they’re doing well on the outside that they completely ignore their internal state. Due to many different external factors, our can bodies break down on the inside as we find ourselves losing the battle to maintain balance.
That balance describes homeostasis in a nutshell. While there’s more to it, and we’ll get to it in this post, homeostasis is essentially the idea of maintaining a relatively stable internal state that persists despite changes in the world outside. Of course, this can take on many different forms. We’re going to take a closer look at what homeostasis is and how CBD may affect it.
What is Homeostasis?
As we mentioned in our introduction, homeostasis is all about maintaining your body’s internal balance. Your cells, cellular tissue, and organs work together to keep you alive and comfortable. If you have heart failure, for example, the rest of your body will shut down accordingly — the internal state of balance has been disrupted.
Our bodies are always trying to maintain that balance in ever-changing environments. When it gets too hot, we sweat. When it gets too cold, we shiver. When we get stressed, our blood pressure rises. When we consume too much sugar, we start shaking. Everything we do in the outside world has an internal consequence. Homeostasis ensures our bodies are functioning correctly despite these variables.
Homeostasis also relies on something known as feedback. No, we’re not talking about a Google review. Negative feedback is a reaction that causes a decrease in function. Examples include high body temperature, blood pressure, and blood sugar. If any of these get too high, affected body parts will send messages to other parts of your body that the balance is off. This is negative feedback.
On the other end of the spectrum is positive feedback. Instead of having a center response for a variable, the variable is intensified. Childbirth is a prime example of this. When a baby is born, the body sends a hormone to increase pressure so the baby can have a proper birth. That hormone is sent rapidly until the baby is born.
How Does CBD Affect Homeostasis?
The relationship between homeostasis and CBD starts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The growing body of research on the ECS suggests that the system begins running to compensate for specific imbalances in the body. One the balance has been restored, it returns to its normal state.
This is where CBD comes into play. The human body naturally creates cannabinoids to help with inflammation, weak cell growth, and nerve dysfunction. These are produced by the human body (endocannabinoids) and by the hemp plant (phytocannabinoids). CBD is one of the main phytocannabinoids found in hemp, and ongoing research has shown its influence on many conditions and bodily functions.
For example, a small double-blind study was conducted to observe the effects of CBD on individuals suffering from stress. Another study points to CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Other studies show CBD can decrease stress levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. These studies indicate the direct effect CBD may have on homeostasis and maintaining a healthy internal bodily balance.
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