The ECS has been linked to most processes in the human body, such as chronic pain, inflammation, motor control, appetite, digestion, sleep, mood, liver, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, bone growth, muscle formation, etc.Â
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is found only in mammals and reptiles. Located in the nervous system, brain, and organs of humans, birds, fishes, and reptiles, it is the largest system of receptors in our human body.Â
Extensive research has been done to explore the various dimensions of this system. It was found that this system is involved in maintaining human health. The ultimate objective of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain the level of homeostasis and keep our immune system healthy.Â
How was the Endocannabinoid System Discovered?Â
Talking about the ECS leads to the discussion of cannabinoids, which were discovered in 1960. The discovery of cannabinoids lead to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system.Â
Later on, scientists made a great contribution by studying why and how compounds in the hemp plant affected the human body, which led to the discovery of large cannabinoid receptors within humans.Â
Further reading: Those curious to know how the actual discovery was made can read this article.
The ECS includes three major components: Endocannabinoids, Receptors, and Enzymes.
The functions of the two major receptors in our body are â€“Â
Types of Endocannabinoids in our body
Apart from the two significant endocannabinoids mentioned above, there are also others such as 2-Arachidonyl glyceryl ether, N-Arachidonoyl dopamine (NADA), and Virodhamine (OAE).
Unknown Facts of the ECS systemÂ
Research indicates that a deficiency of endocannabinoids in our body can lead to health problems. It is the ECS which protects us from the changes in the external environment such as inflammation, weather, temperature, harmful chemicals in the air, etc.Â
The ultimate goal of the ECS is to achieve adequate levels of homeostasis in our body that regulates the functioning of several organs for survival.Â
CBD and THC are two different types of cannabinoids produced in plants. The human body also produces a form of cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids. These compounds react to the receptors in the same way as CBD and THC react to receptors coming from the plants. Anandamide is a type of endocannabinoid that reacts in a similar way in our body as THC does in plants. A study of 2016 indicates that high levels of anandamide uplifts the mood and mitigates fear among humans and mice.Â
Research also indicates that the endocannabinoid system in our body can sometimes fail to function to its maximum capacity. The term given to its deficiency is known as â€śClinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.â€ťÂ
When individuals do not have adequate levels of endocannabinoids in the body, it gives rise to several ailments. The key to gaining back adequate levels is to have a good diet and lifestyle. If your body is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids, you will remain healthy with a properly functioning endocannabinoid system.Â
The ECS has been linked to most processes in the human body, such as chronic pain, inflammation, motor control, appetite, digestion, sleep, mood, liver, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, bone growth, muscle formation, etc.
How Does the ECS Get Imbalanced?Â
How to Reduce the Imbalances of the Endocannabinoid SystemÂ