Everybody has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which continuously works to keep important functions like mood, sleep patterns, appetite, memory, metabolism, immune response, and more, balanced and running optimally. Endocannabinoids, also called endogenous cannabinoids, are molecules made by your body. They’re similar to cannabinoids, but they’re produced by your body and help keep internal functions running smoothly.
Your body produces them as needed, and they exist actively in your body even if you don’t use cannabis. The whole endocannabinoid system is a complex network of cell receptors and neurotransmitters that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body.
Cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout the entire body, with largest concentrations in the central and peripheral nervous systems, and in the immune system. The ECS improves the communication between all of those systems.
Anytime changes in the external environment cause a function in the Endocannabinoid System’s watch to become imbalanced, the system responds by triggering a series of chemical reactions designed to bring that function back to where it should be. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to produce its own cannabinoids.
Thank you so much to the Patients for Medicinal Cannabis blog for posting this video of the lively Zoe Sigman and her explanation of the Endocannabinoid System. We are happy to share this blog post with all of our readers.
See the full video here:
Understanding Your Endocannabinoid System with Zoe Sigman