What Does Endocannabinoids Mean?
In biology, the term endocannabinoids is actually shorthand, referring to the body's cannabinoid receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system.
In humans and animals, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors that located throughout the body, but heavily concentrated in certain areas.
In mammals, the cannabinoid receptors, or endocannabinoids, that make up the ECS are located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. The receptors consist of neuromodulator lipids and their receptors.
The ECS is more casually known as the body’s "own" cannabinoid system; it is involved in a variety of physiological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, and mediating the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
The ECS is also involved in voluntary exercise and may be related to the evolution of the runner's high in human beings and related aspects of motivation or reward for loco motor activity in other animals.