Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Cannabis Clinics

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays important roles in your body well beyond the process it's named for, which is interacting with cannabis, also known as marijuana. Did you realize we had a whole system named after pot? We do. That's because the substances that come from the marijuana plant—cannabinoids—were discovered first.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System?
Let's look at the word "endocannabinoid." "Cannabinoid" comes from "cannabis," and "endo" is short for "endogenous," which means that it is produced naturally inside of your body.

So "endocannabinoid" simply means cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside us.

The ECS itself is made up of three parts:

1. Endocannabinoids
2. Receptors in the nervous system and around your body that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with
3. Enzymes that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids

Not only is the ECS it a natural part of our bodies, it's a crucial one. You may have heard a lot of claims about the medicinal properties of marijuana in general or of the cannabinoids THC and CBD. With so many seemingly unrelated effects, you might wonder whether it's just a lot of hype from people who want the drug legalized; however, medical science backs up many of these claims, and the reason for the far-reaching effects have to do with the size and scope of the endocannabinoid system itself.
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