The Endocannabinoid System and your body – A recap
Overall, the ECS is a fundamental structure made up of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoid neurotransmitters, and metabolic enzymes, and does a significant amount of work to stabilize our bodily functions. It’s all these pieces working together to help maintain homeostasis.
The ECS uses endogenous cannabinoids, anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, to help regulate the functions of neurons, immune cells, and other tissue and organ systems. And remember, Phytocannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, can also affect the ECS by attaching to either its CB1 or CB2 receptors, or sometimes, both.
Essentially, the role of the ECS is to make sure our systems and cells function in an optimal range, but only used when and where its effects are required. Even though the ECS and its mechanisms were discovered relatively recently, its existence has been traced back to hundreds of millions of years ago with the earliest vertebrates.
The identification and isolation of THC molecules opened the first of many doors to exploring cannabis and how it interacts with the body. This discovery ultimately led scientists to uncover cannabinoid receptors and the Endocannabinoids that react to them.
As the scientific community continues with their research in this field, there’s potential to pinpoint whether a deficiency of endocannabinoids could be the underlying cause of some severe health and wellness issues. If ever discovered.