The Endocannabinoid System
Our body's system to maintain homeostasis.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) works in concert with your Central Nervous System to regulate organs and physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
The ECS (Discovered in 1992) is a complex of receptors in the body whose purpose is to regulate various organ systems, with the goal of achieving homeostasis (A state of balance inside the body).
The ECS works internally with Endocannabinoids, a group of cannabinoids produced by the body. The two prominent being 2AG and Anandamide. These cannabinoids are produced from fat-like molecules within cell membranes, and are synthesized on-demand.
The ECS Receptors sit on the outer side of the cell membranes constantly gauging the state of your body. If the receptors sense a problem (ie. Inflammatory response), it calls for endocannabinoids to be produced and transported to the receptors in and surrounding the affected area. The ECS Receptors also connect with cannabinoids outside the body (Phytocannabinoids) that are produced by Cannabis and other plants.