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The Endocannabinoid System


The human body is complex and amazing. At it’s simplest the human body is a collection of biologically functioning systems all working in harmony towards the consistent goal of stability and balanced health or “homeostasis.” One body system that is believed to have a large part in achieving homeostasis is the endocannabinoid system. 



The endocannabinoid system is a cell-signaling system involving cannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes, that is “fed” with cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis. It is believed to play a role in sleep, immunity, memory, emotional stability, appetite, and more. The endocannabinoid system naturally occurs within the body regardless of cannabis consumption. The endocannabinoid system has receptors throughout the body designed to bind to endocannabinoids and cannabinoids to send signals to the body. Endocannabinoids are molecules that are naturally produced by the body. Cannabinoids are similar to endocannabinoids but are found in cannabis. 



There are two main endocannabinoid receptors within the body. CB1 receptors are found mainly within the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mainly found in the peripheral nervous system, including the immune system cellular response. Endocannabinoids can bind to any of the cannabinoid receptors when there is a need and are able to signal that need to the body, such as pain, inflammation, or the need for an immune response. Cannabis consumption can benefit the endocannabinoid system by providing the needed cannabinoids, assisting your body in harmony and balance. 



Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system have been linked to multiple areas of function in the body. Metabolism and digestion support, mood and emotional stability, sleep and memory, pain, stress, and immune responses, and much more. Science is still researching the endocannabinoid system and how it may support our overall health and wellness. The more that we are able to support our body and achieve the highest level of wellness possible, the healthier the world will be. So many ailments and conditions can lower a person’s quality of life, the prospect of improving these symptoms and discovering more conditions that may be supported through cannabis use is an exciting one.