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ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS)

Cannabinoids are processed through the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Cannabinoids are processed through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including: fertility, pregnancy, during pre/postnatal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.

This is a complex system to put it simply, they facilitate communication between cells. So when there is a deficiency or something wrong with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications can occur. When cannabis or extracted and concentrated forms of cannabinoids are consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain receptors (called CB-1) and body (CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to. For example, THC binds to receptors in the brain. CBN  has a strong affinity for CB-2 receptors located in the body. Depending on a  product’s cannabinoid profile, different types of relief are achievable.