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What is The EndoCannabinoid System (ECS)

Posted by CBD Drip on 12/11/2018 to CBD Education
What is The EndoCannabinoid System (ECS)

The EndoCannabinoid System, or ECS for Short, is a biological system composed of EndoCannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to Cannabinoid receptors.

These go all throughout your body and nervous system, including the brain. The ECS is involved in properly regulating physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, metabolism, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, sleep, and memory. The first way your body's ECS is engaged, is by receiving EndoCannabinoids in breast milk as a baby! We are meant to have these!

Your body has two different types of receptors that work within your ECS. These receptors, called Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), determine the behavioral effects of Cannabis when consumed, as well as the effects of your body's own Cannabis chemicals, 2-AG and anandamide. 

CB1 receptors are located in the brain and throughout the body, while CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal system. Although CB2 receptors are also found in the brain, they are not expressed quite as densely as CB1 receptors. In addition, THC (the psychoactive component of Cannabis) binds more closely to the CB1 receptor than the CB2 receptor. 

Research into these receptors may one day help us learn more about how different types of Cannabis could help people based on their unique expression of CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body and brain.

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