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Recent research suggests that CBD may play a role in balanced mood support and discomfort relief. But, how? The answer may surprise you: Hemp Oil (which contains CBD) may actually have the power to help regulate mood. In fact, it may also support your body’s most critical function — homeostasis.
Have you ever felt out of sorts? The human body is a complex biological structure. It comprises a multitude of cells, a series of neural networks, and trillions of microscopic processes that help us breathe, feel, see, and taste. But, sometimes, the balance gets thrown off-kilter.
And, that’s a big deal. Our bodies can’t subsist in a state of internal chaos. That’s why “homeostasis” is critical to our survival. But, what is homeostasis, and what are the three components that enable it? Above all, what ancient secrets lie in the relationship between cannabinoids, homeostasis, and mood?
What is Homeostasis?
Homeostasis refers to the bodily processes that contribute to a stable and balanced internal environment. Claude Bernard first introduced the idea of homeostasis in 1865. He suggested that all living organisms must maintain a constant internal environment to survive. In 1930, physician Walter Cannon used Claude’s work to coin the term “homeostasis” — a combination of the Greek words homoios (“stable”) and stasis (“standing still”). As the name suggests, homeostasis is how the human body maintains a stable temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and fluid levels.
When homeostasis gets disrupted, you’ll immediately feel its impact. For example, when you go running on a hot day, your body temperature may rise. This can cause you to feel light-headed, nauseated, and fatigued. Eventually, if your body fails to maintain a constant temperature, you may suffer heatstroke. Similarly, if water levels fall drastically in your body and your kidneys fail to maintain constant fluid levels, you may become dehydrated.
Our bodies continually deal with environmental factors that can disrupt homeostasis. When the latter occurs, your body will go into overdrive in an attempt to return to stability. In other words, homeostasis is how organisms maintain stable physiological harmony. Luckily, the human body is incredibly talented at staying in homeostasis, but how does it do so?
How Does the Body "Maintain" Homeostasis?
According to the Journal of Medical Physiology & Therapeutics, there are three mechanisms the human body uses to maintain homeostasis:
- Fluid regulation
- Temperature regulation
- Chemical regulation
These three mechanisms are controlled by virtually every system in your body. For example, your respiratory system (lungs, sinuses, mouth, nose, etc.) maintains oxygen levels, circulates blood through your body, and regulates carbon monoxide waste.
Meanwhile, your endocrine system (thyroid, sexual organs, etc.) distributes the hormones that regulate processes in your heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. Above all, your nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves, etc.) is the most critical of all: it regulates all chemical reactions that play a role in virtually every internal body function.
Positive and Negative Feedback
To stay in equilibrium, your body is constantly sending out signals to increase or reduce your fluid levels, chemical levels, and temperature. To do this, your body relies on two feedback mechanisms: positive feedback and negative feedback. Here, we define feedback in terms of the body’s reaction to internal and external stimuli.
- Positive feedback: In positive feedback, a bodily action results in more of the same actions. For example, when you eat a delicious slice of pepperoni pizza, your digestive system must secrete enzymes and acids to digest the food. So, when the pizza enters your stomach, pepsinogen (an inactive enzyme) transforms into pepsin (a molecule that helps digest the proteins in pepperoni). When pepsinogen transforms into pepsin, it signals nearby pepsinogen enzymes to do the same. So, a chain reaction sets off where an enzyme activates other enzymes. The result is an army of protein-digesting pepsin molecules “eating away” at that pepperoni you just consumed.
- Negative feedback: In negative feedback, a bodily action results in a counteraction. For example, when your temperature rises, your body sends out signals to different receptors to tell them to lower your temperature. Similarly, if your blood glucose levels decrease, your body releases the hormone glucagon. This process stimulates the conversion of stored glycogen to glucose. Negative feedback is the primary method of maintaining homeostasis. In fact, our cells are constantly using negative feedback to help us adjust to our environment. As you read this post, there are cells in your body undergoing this process.
The Control System Behind Positive and Negative Feedback
The internal conditions in our bodies need to be regularly controlled against internal and external factors. Both positive and negative feedback are the mechanisms that control changes, but how do all your cells communicate with each other? The short answer: control systems. All control systems comprise three parts:
- Receptors: These are cells that detect changes in the environment.
- A coordination center: These complex systems can detect stimuli from receptors and send corresponding signals to effectors. Your respiratory, endocrine, and nervous system are all coordination centers.
- Effectors: These receive instructions from the coordination centers to make changes in your body based on information from receptors.
Homeostasis In Practical Terms
We can send signals at 268 miles per hour (approximately 431 km/h) from receptors to the spinal cord. Given the shortness of the distance, the time span comprises milliseconds. From the moment a receptor notices a change, your effectors react before your conscious brain can possibly comprehend the change.
Let’s put that all together with an example:
The human body likes to maintain an optimal temperature of around 98.6°F (this slightly varies by individual). Let’s say you take a quick run in the park on a hot July summer’s day. Specialized receptors in your body (thermoreceptors) detect that the temperature outside is higher than your body temperature.
They send signals to a coordination center (your brain) to let it know that it’s getting steamy in the temperature region. In response, the coordination center sends out signals to effectors (your blood vessels) which start to contract. This results in your body generating sweat to cool your body down, counteracting the effects of the heat. Yay! Your body stays at 98.6°F despite the rise in external temperature. This is an example of temperature regulation and negative feedback.
Cannabinoids, Homeostasis, and Mood: The Unseen Power of the Endocannabinoid System
Here’s where things get interesting. Some of those receptors in your body are located in your endocannabinoid system (ECS). As a matter of fact, many of those receptors are located in your ECS. But, these aren’t just “typical” receptors. They’re CB1 and CB2 receptors. More specifically, they’re found throughout your body but don’t work like other receptors.
Generally, receptors receive signals from chemicals (called neurotransmitters), send those signals to the control center, and then instructions are relayed to effectors. On the other hand, endogenous cannabinoids are created after chemicals make contact with receptors. And, they’re created on-demand. These cannabinoids travel back to the original receptors and relay messages from the control center. In other words, they fine-tune interactions between cells.
The Historical Truth About Cannabinoids, Homeostasis, and Mood
These interactions play a massive role in the way your body maintains homeostasis. Take the cannabinoid THC. When too much THC binds to your cannabinoid receptors, it can temporarily overwhelm them. This makes them slower at relaying messages. Hence, the reason some people feel sluggish after smoking THC. However, other cannabinoids (like CBD in Hemp Oil) may actually activate receptors — making them more efficient at helping your body maintain homeostasis.
This may be why many people claim that CBD improves their mood or reduces emotional tension. Research on CBD and homeostasis is ongoing, but early results are promising. Your body already produces cannabinoids. But, phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in natural hemp plants) may be able to influence how well your body maintains homeostasis.
According to archaeologists, ancient wisdom corroborates this. As far back as 4,000 B.C., the ancient Chinese used hemp as a means of reducing health discomfort levels. Meanwhile, people in ancient India considered cannabis one of the “five sacred plants for its ability to convey “happiness,” “joy,” and “freedom.”
The Role of Flavonoids and Terpenoids in Homeostasis
At Synchronicity, our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil doesn’t just contain CBD and other cannabinoids, it also contains the full range of flavonoids. And, these tiny molecules may also help you maintain homeostasis. Supplementing with CBD alone is like buying an engine without the car. Hemp contains hundreds of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids. Studies show that all three combines synergistically to deliver a “True Entourage Effect™. In other words, flavonoids and terpenoids complement cannabinoids to help your body maintain a balance of essential physiological states.
Flavonoids and terpenoids aren’t found only in hemp. Fruits and vegetables are packed with flavonoids — which help improve the efficiency of your cellular signaling pathways. In fact, flavonoids have been shown to improve the body’s ability to digest glucose. Once digested, these flavonoids provide ample benefits to the body.
Terpenoids (or terpenes) are the compounds that give hemp its sweet, slightly acidic smell. Again, terpenoids exist abundantly in nature. In fact, the entire practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes. However, the terpenes specifically found in hemp can revolutionize your body’s ability to interact with cannabinoids. After all, they come packed in the hemp plant for a reason. So, why not leverage the extensive power of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil to your advantage?
Does Hemp Oil Help You Maintain Homeostasis?
You know that cannabinoids like CBD can positively impact your ECS system. You also know that your ECS system helps regulate homeostasis. Finally, flavonoids and terpenes can combine synergistically with cannabinoids to deliver a True Entourage Effect™. To put it all together, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil’s phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes offer a great chance at increasing the capabilities of your ECS system.
In animal-based studies, Hemp Oil has shown potential for improving mood, supporting a healthy night’s rest, and reducing physical discomfort — all things that contribute to greater happiness. By extension, these benefits may be due to the role Hemp Oil plays in homeostasis. Our bodies crave internal balance. But, maintaining that balance remains a complicated process. In essence, there are trillions of internal and external stimuli that consistently force our cells to adjust accordingly. Over time, mistakes happen. And when they do, the consequences can be dire. Failure to maintain homeostasis can result in imbalanced physiological states that endanger our health.
Sometimes, this imbalance is minor. We may feel “out-of-sorts,” “moody,” or “sleepy.” Unfortunately, these are difficult experiences to endure on a prolonged basis. However, Hemp Oil can help our bodies maintain homeostasis and has shown initial promise for its mood-boosting capabilities. Although scientists don’t yet know the full range of Hemp Oil’s benefits, the value of GMO-free Hemp Oil continues to be supported by ongoing research.
But, for now, we do know that the ECS plays a hyper-critical role in homeostasis. And, we also know that Hemp Oil can strengthen the efficacy of your ECS system. Certainly, the relationship between cannabinoids, homeostasis, and mood still remains somewhat of a mystery. However, judging by ancient proof and ongoing research, the answers may prove critical to public health.
Cannabinoids, Homeostasis, and Mood: Synchronicity Fills In the Gaps
Across the globe, athletes, workers, and even dogs ingest Hemp Oil to help them feel their best. But before you go out and try that new tincture or body lotion, think about their holistic benefits. Despite the CBD craze, CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that’s showing promise. There are over a hundred cannabinoids in hemp besides CBD and THC. And, each of them plays a unique role in our bodies. There are also flavonoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, and other nutritional elements in hemp. Unless your provider is extracting them all, you’re paying for an incomplete product.
Here at Synchronicity, we believe in the power of the True Entourage Effect™. And, our sustainable farming and manufacturing practices leverage a unique hand-pressed LipidTrans™ Infusion Process to create a superior product. In addition, our products contain over a hundred cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. So, don’t settle for mediocrity when it comes to your health. Experience the Synchronicity Whole-Plant difference for yourself and feel the difference in your life.
If you’re ready to rethink Hemp Oil and experience the full spectrum of hemp’s incredible nutrients, browse our list of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. Have any questions about our hemp products? Contact us, and let’s talk cannabinoids, homeostasis, and mood. We’re happy to help you find the perfect hemp solution for your needs. Let’s embrace a culture of wellness together!