What Is the Endocannabinoid System?
Let’s break down the word “endocannabinoid.” “Cannabinoid” comes from “cannabis,” and “endo” is short for “endogenous,” which means that it’s produced naturally inside of our bodies. So “endocannabinoid” simply means cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us.
The ECS (Endocannabinoid Sysytem) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.
The ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is responsible for the overall wellbeing of the human body. You may have read numerous claims regarding the medicinal properties of the specific cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). You may question whether or not these claims are valid and if it’s just hype; however, medical science proves many of these claims, and the reason for the far-reaching effects have to do with the size and scope of the endocannabinoid system itself.
The Endocannabinoid System is crucial for homeostasis, which is our body’s efforts to keep everything in the right zone, and is essential to our health and survival. The ECS maintains the internal environment of the body, creating stability at optimal levels. It works continuously to monitor important functions throughout the body. When our body is operating outside of the optimal range, the ECS is activated to make proper adjustments. The ECS will activate through cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues and organs.
The two main types of cannabinoid receptors within the body are:
CB1 – Located in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord).
CB2 – Located in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system.
Cannabinoid receptors are believed to be among the most plentiful in our central nervous system, and through these receptors, the ECS helps regulate important functions, such as:
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