If you’re unfamiliar with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), you are in for a mind-blowing learning experience.
The ECS is this amazing network of cell-level receptors positioned throughout your entire body.
It’s one of the most abundant protein receptors in the brain, and you can also find these cannabinoid receptors in your organs, your skin, your bones, and connective tissues.
Also found throughout your body are the cannabinoid receptors’ counterpart: endocannabinoids. These cannabinoids produced by your body bind with the CB receptors to complete a neurotransmission process that affects almost every part of your body.
The goal, however, is always the same: to achieve homeostasis or balance in nearly every one of your metabolic processes.
Dr. Dustin Sulak describes the ECS as “perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.”
Cannabis, by the way, just happens to be nature’s perfect supplement for this crucial system in our bodies.
The more you learn about the ECS, the more you’ll understand why cannabis can treat so many different illnesses.
Watch cannabis expert Mara Gordon discuss the ECS during CHS 2016:
Here are 9 key questions and answers about the ECS to help you get a better understanding.
#1) Which metabolic processes does the ECS help regulate?
As Dr. Sunil Aggarwal pointed out during CHS 2016, the ECS plays a role in processes such as:
- Mood regulation
- Pain perception
- Muscle tone and movement
- Extinction of traumatic memory
- Protection of nerves and brain tissue
- Bone growth
- Tumor regulation
- Baby breast-feeding reward
- Stress management
- Eye pressure
- Gastrointestinal motility
- Seizure activity
- And many others
When I interviewed Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in 2016, one of the scientists who helped discover the ECS, he shared with me his suspicions that it may even play a role in defining our personalities!
One place in your body where you DON’T have CB receptors is your brain stem, which is why it’s impossible to have a lethal overdose on cannabis.