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Our endocannabinoid system interlaces with every other system in our bodies, and it regulates multiple functions. It is intricately connected with our health and well-being.
Inside of our bodies are biological agents called cannabinoids.
These are similar to the chemical agents found in the cannabis plant.
Our naturally occurring cannabinoids are are “released” from cells in the brain, immune system and practically every organ in the body.
The endocannabinoids (“endo” meaning inside the body versus inside the plant) encounter special receptors that are also found in abundance throughout the body.
When the endocannabinoids match up with these receptors, they bond with them.
This remarkable process has been described as “literally a bridge between body and mind.”
For some reason, our cannabinoid receptors sometimes appear to be “switched off.”
In other words, they are not working properly.
This “endocannabinoid deficiency” can lead to disease, depending on where in the body the “defective” receptors are located.
For example, the volume of endo-cannabinoid receptors often correlates with the aggressiveness of cancer tumours.
One way to get the receptors working again is by “artificially” stimulating them with cannabinoids from extracted cannabis plant, such as CBD or THC.
Essentially, the part that connects with – or binds to – the receptors, needs to be added to the body.
Interestingly, in other cases, blocking the receptors’ release causes positive outcomes. such as suppressing the appetite in patients suffering obesity.
We are learning more every day about the inner workings of our cannabinoid system.
The volume of findings will surely increase as more countries join Canada a in the legalization of cannabis.
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