Did You Know? Endocannabinoids Are In Breast Milk

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One of the reasons that CBD hemp oil is so effective is because it works with our endocannabinoid system, which is the system that helps to regulate your body. Your endocannabinoid system wouldn’t work without endocannabinoids which bind to cannabinoid receptors to help promote regulation. These endocannabinoids that help promote good health are also found in breast milk.

What Are Endocannabinoids

There are two main endocannabinoids that our bodies make and they mainly bind to a particular cannabinoid receptor. The way that they work is through a process called retrograde signaling where they travel backward through the synapse to the brain cell sending messages. The endocannabinoid binds to a cannabinoid receptor sending a message helps control the activity in the brain.

Anandamide

Anandamide is the cannabinoid that mainly binds to the CB1 cannabinoid receptor that is located mostly in the brain. This interaction helps to mediate your neurological system which includes your sensitivity to pain, sleep schedule, appetite, and mood.

2-AG

The endocannabinoid 2-AG binds mainly with the CB2 cannabinoid receptor which are located all over the body. This cannabinoid receptor helps to mediate your immune system, which is what gives cannabis its anti-inflammatory properties.

Endocannabinoids In Breast Milk

Studies have shown that there are actually twelve endocannabinoid related compounds found in breast milk. The most prominent endocannabinoid that was found in breast milk was the endocannabinoid 2-AG, which is the endocannabinoid that helps to mediate the immune system.

Research suggests that babies who breastfeed may have a stronger immune system that those who do not breastfeed. The endocannabinoid 2-AG may contribute to promoting a stronger immune system. These endocannabinoids also may be the reason the baby knows how to eat. Studies have shown that the endocannabinoids in breast milk help stimulate the suckling reflex to promote feeding.

Sarah Potts

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