Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1 Receptors)
Definition - What does Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1 Receptors) mean?
The cannabinoid receptor type 1, known as the CB1 receptors, is a protein found in the human body's brain, connective tissues, gonads, certain organs, and the central and peripheral nervous system. CB1 receptors are G protein-coupled cannabinoid receptors that welcome the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant.
When cannabis is ingested, the cannabinoids bind with the body's CB1 receptors and the CB1 receptors transmit signals to the body. Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis that have the ability to provide relief to sufferers of a wide array of medical conditions. The cannabinoid molecules of the plant enter the body and activate certain cannabinoid receptors that are found naturally in the body.
MaximumYield explains Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1 Receptors)
The CB1 receptors were first discovered in 1990 by a Cambridge University research group. They are responsible for the body’s overall psychoactive reaction to cannabis and the THC found in the plant.
Within the body, the CB1 receptors' primary job is to help regulate memory, sleep, appetite, and pain sensation. When the CB1 receptors are exposed to the cannabinoids of cannabis, they start to overreact and thus elevate the positive responses of the body’s CB1 receptors.
The CB1 and the CB2 receptors are the two primary receptors in the body that appear to truly help unlock the many health benefits of cannabis. This unlocking behavior of the CB1 and CB2 receptors is the reason why many researchers refer to the receptors as the 'lock' and the cannabinoids of cannabis as the 'key'. Both elements appear to work in unison to alleviate and treat a variety of health issues and ailments.