Introducing: Your Endocannabinoid System

Your body is built to receive cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds made in your body and in the cannabis plant.

The endocannabinoid system is a series of cannabinoid-receptors found all throughout the body - in the brain, organs, connective tissues, and immune system cells.

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Your endocannabinoid system is involved in virtually all of your body’s processes. Cannabinoids help neurotransmitters cross from the presynaptic vesicle of one cell to the postsynaptic vesicle of another cell. In layman’s terms, cannabinoids help your body communicate more efficiently with itself.

 
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We like to think of cannabinoids as good citizens helping little old ladies cross the street. The ladies can probably reach the other side on their own, but with the extra help of cannabinoids, they get there faster, easier, and with a lot less stress.

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Even if all cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system, not all cannabinoids produce the same effects. THC binds to receptors in the brain, creating the psychoactive experiences many people associate with cannabis use.

Compounds like CBD, on the other hand, won’t get you “high” when ingested, because they only bind to receptors throughout the body. Products with only these non-psychoactive cannabinoids will still provide many health benefits of cannabis without an altered state of mind.

Although certain conditions are better treated by specific compounds, current science suggests that cannabinoids work best when used in harmony with one another. This is known as the entourage effect. 

The endocannabinoid system works at every level to bring balance to the body.

When used properly, cannabis is one of the most versatile medicines on the planet because it helps the body help itself.

We are just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding the Endocannabinoid System and how cannabis impacts human health. There is so much more to learn, but we need cannabis removed from the Schedule 1 drug list to conduct more credible research. Learn how to support legalization here.


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