Wholistic Research & Education Foundation Post:

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is a biological system found in all mammals, composed of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. ECS affects virtually every cell, muscle, organ and tissue in our body, and critical to regulating a wide range of body processes, our nervous system, immune system, digestive system, endocrine glands, brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen, bones, muscles, blood vessels and cells, lymph cells, and fat cells.

The ECS is believed to have more cellular receptor sites than any other receptor system.  The widespread distribution of these cannabinoid receptors shows just how important the ECS is to our overall bodily function and health.

The ECS promotes homeostasis, or dynamic biological balance, in every cell, tissue, and organ, including the brain.

What are Endocannabinoids?

Endocannabinoids are endogenous neurotransmitters that are produced by our bodies.  They regulate neurotransmission and allow for feedback loops.  Anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are the two primary endocannabinoids.

What are Phytocannabinoids and how are they different than Endocannabinoids?

Phytocannabinoids are plant derivative compounds (primarily extracted from cannabis) that mimic the characteristics of the endocannabinoids.  THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary phytocannabinoids that mimic the endocannabinoids Anandamide and 2-AG, respectively.

Both endocannabinoid and phytocannabinoids, collectively referred to as cannabinoids, bind to cannabinoid receptors that exist throughout the mammalian body.   Read Full Article Here

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