Did you know that our bodies are designed to interact with cannabis? All of us have a complex regulatory system that called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It is a group of receptors throughout the human brain, body, central and peripheral nervous systems. The ECS creates and maintains our body’s internal stability (homeostasis) by adjusting the flow of neurotransmitters and regulating bodily functions including appetite, sleep, emotion and movement (just to name a few). The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has impacted nearly every area of medicine and sparked extensive studies into the pharmacological, biochemical, and clinical effects of cannabis.
Cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with the ECS and will either up-regulate or down-regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. Cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) bind to receptors in both our brain (called CB1 receptors) and body (called CB2 receptors). The CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and spinal cord and mediate our psychoactive and physical effects, whereas CB2 receptors are predominately located in our peripheral nervous system and help to regulate immunity and inflammation.
Cannabis contains more than 100 types of cannabinoids which all have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. Researchers believe cannabis is so effective in treating so many different ailments because of the versatile way the plant’s chemical compounds act on all parts of the body- not just the brain. Each product and strain has a unique cannabinoid profile that can be used to target specific symptoms and provide different types of relief. Ask our Trilogy experts which types of cannabinoids are best to treat your symptoms so we can recommend an appropriately suited product.
To help wrap things up, our mentor and cannabis expert, Dr. Dustin Sulak of Healer.com, put together this wonderful video overview on the impressive Endocannabinoid System:
Endocannabinoid System Video
Now that you are familiar with the ECS, did you know that there are also foods that naturally help the ECS function optimally, improve our health and enhance the effectiveness of medical cannabis? These foods include:
- Essential Fatty Acids
Check out our *FREE* download on these Endocannabinoid foods and activities: