Medical Marijuana/Cannabis

The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is crucial to maintaining  the bodies ability to maintain a stable, relatively constant internal environment while compensating for environmental changes which is essential for our health and survival. When the body is out of balance one is susceptible to acute and chronic medical conditions. This is when the  Endocannabinoid System activates the cannabinoid receptors:

 

  • CB1 which is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord)

  • CB2 which is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system.

  • Through these receptors, the ECS helps regulate

    • Appetite

    • Digestion

    • Immune function

    • Inflammation, including neuro-inflammation

    • Mood

    • Sleep

    • Reproduction/fertility

    • Motor control

    • Temperature regulation

    • Memory

    • Pain

    • Pleasure/reward

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