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The role of the endocannabinoid system

on March 18, 2020

role of the endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system is a biological signalling system present throughout the human body. The system is made up of three main components.



1. Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are a diverse class of lipid-based compounds.

They control the endocannabinoid system by binding to cannabinoid receptors and come in two varieties.

Phytocannabinoids: a family of plant-derived compounds produced by the trichomes of the cannabis plant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis.

Endocannabinoids: endogenous cannabinoids produced by the body. Anandamide was the first endocannabinoid to be identified by researchers.



2. Cannabinoid Receptors

Located on the surface of certain cells throughout the body, cannabinoid receptors help modulate the activity of the endocannabinoid system.

Cannabinoids can bind to certain cannabinoid receptors like a key fitting into a lock. There are two known cannabinoid receptor subtypes, CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are found mainly in the central nervous system (CNS) and are concentrated in areas of the brain responsible for high-order behavioural functions like learning and memory as well as homeostatic processes like feeding.

CB2 receptors are found in organs outside of the CNS and are associated with the immune system.



3. Enzymes

Certain enzymes are responsible for synthesizing and degrading cannabinoids.

This controls the level of cannabinoids and thereby helps regulate the activity of the endocannabinoid system.

Due to similarities in their structure, the cannabinoids contained in our Full Spectrum Virgin Hemp Extract interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body.

Several studies have revealed the use of cannabinoids for therapeutic purposes offers many benefits.

Many clinical studies have been carried to uncover the positive effects of CBD and you can find the reports of these studies on the internet.

Here's just a few of them:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3202504/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279308353_Cannabinoids_for_Medical_Use_A_Systematic_Review_and_Meta-analysis

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