Humans have an internal cannabis 'system' named the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is found throughout the brains and nervous systems within all mammalian species and is the most extensive biological system of receptors in the body. The purpose of the system is to maintain homeostasis (balance) across all the vital physiological systems of the body.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The ECS was discovered in the 1990s by scientists studying how cannabis produced effects in the body. Endocannabinoids and the receptors they bind to exist throughout the body in the nervous system, glands, immune cells, organs, brain and connective tissues…
Humans are born with an endocannabinoid system that serves an important function in both the development of the brain and the formation and development of synapses – the electrical connections in the brain that allow neurotransmitters to send information.
The system permeates all 11 central physiological systems in the body working to handle the many functions necessary for survival. It works to balance our vital physiological functions affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and reproduction.
The system works to keep a stable internal environment through the inevitable changes and variations in the external physical and emotional environment.
CBD (cannabidiol) is know as a phytocannabinoid and interacts with the exact same receptors that control the endogenous (internal) cannabinoid system. Scientists believe that this connection between humans and cannabis is the result of thousands of years of co-evolution between the Cannabis Sativa l. and Human species.
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