The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The body’s primary homeostatic regulatory system.



“Discovered” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters aka ‘endocannabinoids’ that bind to cannabinoid and other receptor proteins throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.

The ECS helps to regulate:

All of these processes contribute to homeostasis & ultimately – adapability.

Unfortunately, our busy modern lifestyles tax our endogenous cannabinoid production, decreasing our ECS tone and interrupting our internal balance. Luckily, there are many things we can do to positively influence our EC production and affect our ECS!

While we are excited to bring you evidenced-based education on different ways to positively influence the ECS, at fringe, our affinity for nature and the outdoors made plant medicine an obvious place to start.

what is cbd?

CBD is one of the main compounds found in the hemp plant. It has widespread effects in the body, affecting at least 65 molecular targets. CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which has been implicated in virtually all important functions in the body. 

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what does CBD do?

As a phytocannabinoid, CBD helps to slow the breakdown of the cannabinoids we produce internally, helping our ECS, and by proxy, our balance and homeostasis. CDB also interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

pain, sleep, and stress

Three of today’s greatest challenges can be met with yesterday’s medicine.


Pain is our way of promoting survival and understanding our environment. And while this can be useful, issues arise when this pain persists long after the threat of harm has dissipated.


Sleep is our way of recovering, growing, and repairing our bodies and minds – it is foundational to our physical and mental health, so it’s important that our sleep life is healthy.


Stress is our way of adapting, overcoming, and becoming more resilient for the future. Like many things, stress can be good for us, but too much too often can overwhelm both our bodies and our minds.