Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Last Updated: April 26, 2017

Definition - What does Endocannabinoid System (ECS) mean?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is part of the human body and can be found in many animals as well. It is made up of a series of receptors configured to react to cannabinoids present in cannabis plants. The ECS regulates many bodily processes.

It was the study of cannabis that first led researchers to learning about the body’s endocannabinoid system. In fact, the endocannabinoid system was named because of the cannabis plant. The endocannabinoids that make up the endocannabinoid system are located throughout the human body. They are a collection of cell receptors and molecules. They exist in the brain, organs, connective tissues, immune cells, and the body’s glands.

MaximumYield explains Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The two primary receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system are the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and the cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). The endocannabinoid receptors and molecules work to maintain a stable internal environment and send out signals between the brain and the body’s functions.

Cannabinoids from the cannabis plant have a direct effect on the body’s endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids stimulate the body’s natural cannabinoid receptors such as the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

The cannabis plant uses its own natural cannabinoids to promote its own overall health, disease resistance, and growth. The plant’s cannabinoids even help protect the leaves, buds, and flowers of the plant from harmful ultraviolet rays.

It is believed that the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, the human body’s endocannabinoid system, and the human body's cannabinoid receptors might all be able to work together to prevent, treat, and even cure diseases. Currently, research is ongoing to discover how exactly the body’s endocannabinoid system works and the possible benefits of cannabis on the system.

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