Our endocannabinoid system interlaces with every other system in our body and regulates multiple functions.
It is intricately connected with our health and well-being.
Inside of our bodies are biological agents called cannabinoids. These lipids, enzymes, acids and more are similar to the chemical agents found in the cannabis plant.
Our naturally occurring cannabinoids are released on demand from cells in the brain, immune system and practically every organ in the body.
This remarkable process has been described as “literally a bridge between body and mind.”
The endocannabinoids (“endo” meaning inside the body versus inside the plant) encounter special receptors found in abundance throughout the body.
When they match up with these receptors, they bond with them.
For some reason, the cannabinoid receptors appear to be “switched off” in some people.
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.
The aggressiveness of cancer tumours, for example, has been shown in animal research to correlate with the volume of endocannabinoid receptors in specific sites in the body.
Essentially, the part that connects with – or binds to – the receptors, needs to be added to the body.
One way to get the receptors working again is by “artificially” stimulating them with cannabinoids from extracted cannabis plant.
Interestingly, in other cases, blocking the receptors’ release causes positive outcomes. such as suppressing the appetite in patients suffering obesity.
While every day seems to uncover another aspect of our endocannabinoid system, research and clinical trials take time. The discoveries yet to be made are just around the corner.