Cannabinoids are in all of us, whether you consume cannabis or not. This is thanks to your body’s Endocannabinoid system, which is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located within the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. The Endocannabinoid system, or ECS, plays a vital role in several physiological processes such as appetite, pain-sensation, cellular homeostasis, memory, and mood. It is also responsible for mediating the psychoactive and therapeutic properties of Cannabis.
At this point, researchers have discovered two primary cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain, peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target for both Endocannabinoids (ones produced by your own body) and Phytocannabinoids (ones produced by plants i.e. THC). The CB2 receptors are located primarily on white blood cells, in the tonsils and the spleen, and play an important role in helping regulate your immune system response.
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While the research on the ECS is ever evolving, and in its infancy, more data confirming the positive and therapeutic benefits and effects of Cannabinoids becomes available each day. This opens the door to many alternative therapies and treatments for a plethora of conditions. So next time you’re puffing on your favorite strain, thank your unique endocannabinoid system for those signature effects you’ve come to know and love.