Understanding Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Understanding Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The human body has a naturally occurring Endogenous cannabinoid System (ECS). It is quite possibly the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are present nearly everywhere throughout the human body - in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

There are multiple known endocannabinoids that play a role in the ECS. All of them seem to play a role in anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-metastatic effects. Additionally, it appears that they have a role in neurotransmitter, immune system, and mitochondrial function. This means that the ECS assists with regulating activities such as immune response, inflammation, sleep and wake cycles, and mood and anxiety response. Endocannabinoids and phyto cannabinoids are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2.

CB1 Receptors

Receptors that are primarily located in brain cells and the nervous system.

CB2 Receptors

Receptors that are found in the immune system and other tissue throughout the body.

Cannabinoids interact with the ECS by helping the mind and body to maintain appropriate cannabinoid levels and support good health through homeostasis. This is an example of how ECS uses CB1 and CB2 receptors as a system of checks and balances within itself. This is evident due to the ability of CB1 receptors to increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which results in an inflammatory cascade and mitochondrial stress. However, CB2 decreases ROS, resulting in the opposite effect. 

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