The demanding nature of life means that most living things have a lot of moving parts, and we humans are no exception!
This complexity means that living beings have to intelligently structure themselves. To really thrive, they have to stand out from their outer environment by operating within physiological systems. These systems maintain homeostasis, or balance, inside the organism — in spite of outside stress.
The above intro is a slightly changed excerpt from our Guide to the Endocannabinoid System (if you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend you do!).
Understand the Basics of Homeostasis
A lot of complex terms get thrown around within the fledgling CBD industry; daunting terms like endocannabinoid, neurotransmitter, and retrograde signaling. There’s plenty of acronyms, too: CBD, THC, ECS, etc. It can get confusing.
On a quest to sound reputable, startup CBD companies are flavoring their content with this type of language. The result? Blog posts that read more like medical papers than, well, blogs…and further confusion on the part of consumers.
Scientific correctness isn’t a bad thing; it has its place. After all, we have some technical, high-level content too! But unless these finer points are placed into the context of a much larger, much more holistic picture, they’re not all that valuable.
So, let’s back up a bit. In this article we’ll be diving deeply into a single term, one you may well have heard before: homeostasis.
Homeostasis (noun): a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group.
In other words, the type of homeostasis we’re talking about here is a state of equilibrium (which itself means balance between opposing forces) between elements of the human body.
To put it simpler: homeostasis is exemplified in a body that’s in balance with — at peace with, even — itself.
When one is in homeostasis good things happen, things like health, vitality, and a healthy metabolism. Conversely, a fall out of homeostasis almost always results in disease.