So you maybe asking your self: What is the endocannabinoid System and why should I care. First to show how what it is I am going to break the word down for you and it will start to make more sense. In Latin the term Endo is used as a prefix to a word it means internal; cannabinoid is a term used to refer to the medically active parts chemicals of the the cannabis plant such as THC, CBD, CBG, CBC to name a few. So what is the endocannabinoid system? In other words the endocannabinoid system is your bodies own internally made cannabis. It is because of this internal cannabis system that our bodies are able to use the cannabinoids found in cannabis.
How the endocannabinoid system works is inside your body regardless if you have ever smoked cannabis or not; you body has two different kinds of lipids that are receptors for cannabinoids referred to as CB1 and CB2 receptors. So what do the CB1 and CB2 receptors do why do we care? Dustin Sulak, DO of Integr8 Health said in his article on Norml’s website, “Researchers have identified two cannabinoids receptors: CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action.” Typically the CB1 receptors are responsible for why you get a high when you smoke cannabis.
The endocannabinoid rectors are like locks inside your body. The key to these locks are cannabinoids. Either by your bodies own internal cannabinoids or by an external source and the only external source found is in the cannabis plants. One these locks have been opened your body then starts to heal itself, relieve pain, increase blood flow and many other positive effects happen once these locks open up.
Sometimes your body can not keep up with everything that it needs to do or you are suffering from an aliment of some kind. You bodies endocannabinoid system is working to help your body but it does not always have enough to deal with everything that is required. Just like other herbal supplements cannabis can be used to help your body with a deficiency of endocannabinoids or your body needs more because you are in pain or might need extra to fight off cancer. This list goes on and on.
It is also because of the endocannabinoid system that cannabis stays in you system so long. You body wants it to stay in your system and use up all the medicinal effects it can. Without the endocannabinoid system however cannabis would not have the same effect on us as it does with it. It is by the wonders of nature or God that a plant happened to have the right chemical compounds to work with our own natural body function.
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