Cannabis is becoming widely known for providing relief for a variety of illnesses, and it is able to do so thanks to its ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system. In this series, we will take a deep look into the this natural body’s system.
The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in overall health and equilibrium through promoting homeostasis, aiding communication between cells, managing appetite and metabolism, and regulating memory. Although the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role maintaining many of the body’s functions, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues officially discovered the system through the identification of anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, two of the body’s naturally occuring endocannabinoids. Since then, in the past two decades, researchers have have published more than 20,000 scientific studies referencing cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system. The endocannainoid system is comprised of enzymes that both create and destroy cannabinoids, receptors that receive cannabinoids, and endocannabioids that are produced by the body.
This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. In tomorrow’s post, we will learn more about how the endocannabinoid system functions.