If you are going to invest in cannabinoids to enhance your wellness and bring better balance to your system, learn some basics.
DO I HAVE AN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
YES! The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system first discovered in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although much remains unknown about the system today.
The ECS is largely comprised of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are believed to help regulate a variety of functions in human including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation.
The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis (balance).
WHAT IS A CANNABINOID?
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis. The most notable cannabinoid is the Phyto cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol is another major constituent of the plant. There are at least 144 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects
HOW DOES MY ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM USE CANNABINOIDS?
Cannabinoid receptors sit on the surface of cells and “listen” to conditions outside the cell. They transmit information about changing conditions to the inside of the cell, kick-starting the appropriate cellular response.
There are two major cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. These aren’t the only cannabinoid receptors, but they were the first ones discovered and remain the best-studied.
CB1 receptors are one of the most abundant receptor types in the brain. These are the receptors that interact with THC to get people high.
CB2 receptors are more abundant outside of the nervous system, in places like the immune system. However, both receptors can be found throughout the body.