The Endocannabinoid System and its Interaction with Cannabinoids

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In order for medical marijuana and its cannabinoids to be effective in symptom relief, they need to interact with the body's natural endogenous cannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has CB1 and CB2 receptors all throughout the body that are able to intercept and bind with cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp. This system is responsible for helping the body achieve homeostasis, so when the body is imbalanced or unstable, the endocannabinoid system sends signals between cells attempting to bring the body back to its normal state. Cannabinoids help in this signaling process. In a sense, cannabinoids don't treat specific diseases, symptoms, or ailments, but it does help to correct the problems that are caused when the neurological and immunological pathways disrupt the body's healthy functions.

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