THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
At school, you are taught that there are 11 main organ systems in the human body. Let’s recall them together: They are the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, dermal, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and digestive systems. All of these systems are essentially the human body.
But did you know that your body also has the endocannabinoid system?
You may not know it at all , because let’s be honest , if you’re not a scientist or you’re not into medical cannabis , then you are unlikely to have heard it. However, the endocannabinoid system has been described as ‘the most important physiological system involved in the creation and maintenance of human health’.
So what exactly is the endocannabinoid system?
We have known about the existence of the endocannabinoid system for about 25 years. It was first discovered in the 90s by LA Matsuda . Dr. Matsuda was the first to describe the structure and function of the cannabinoid CB-1 receptor .
Scientists have been trying to understand how tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the essential constituents of cannabis, affects the body. What they found in their quest was a highly complex cannabinoid receptor network , present in cells of both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Since then, they have been identified and other cannabinoid receptors, including receptor cannabinoid type 2 (CB-2), which is located primarily in the immune system, digestive system (gastrointestinal tract) and in many of the major organs of the body.
ΑBut these receptors were only the beginning of history.
The discovery of CB-1 and CB-2 led to a hunt for cannabinoids that naturally produce our bodies , called endocannabinoids, and interact with these receptors .
After all, think about it for a while. Why would our body have cannabinoid receptors if there were no naturally occurring cannabinoids that would bind to them?
What exactly does the endocannabinoid system do?
What we know is that the endocannabinoid system , helps refine the most vital physiological functions . It affects practically everything , including:
The endocannabinoid system contributes to the regulation of homeostasis , that is, the ability of the organism to maintain its internal conditions stable , without being affected by external factors (eg temperature, pH). At the same time, ensures that all the systems work in absolute coordination between them.
After all, are you a little more curious about testing the healing properties of cannabis?