Our Body’s Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid system is one that isn’t very widely known. Why would that be? The Endocannabinoid system isn’t a typical part of the standard medical school curriculum. However, it does provide many potential ways to treat our bodies ailments. It is a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body! The endocannabinoid system reaches many pertinent organs. This system is made up of receptors that allow cannabinoids to heal our body from the inside. It reaches primarily the brain and central nervous system which makes sense because stress is the most common symptom cannabis user say cannabis products have helped. CB1 (cannabinoid) receptors are also present in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and reproductive organs. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells. The image below explains it best and was found on curepharmaceutical.com.

This bodily system was first discovered and identified less than 30 years ago.

“By using a plant that has been around for thousands of years, we discovered a new physiological system of immense importance. We wouldn’t have been able to get there if we had not looked at the plant.” ~ Mechoulam

In 1992, Mechoulam’s lab isolated the first endocannabinoid system receptor CB1. This led to the many ways we now use this system to our advantage. These are the reasons we now use CBD (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid) for ailments such as anxiety, insomnia or both falling asleep and staying asleep, and even chronic pain.

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