Human Endocannabinoid System

Understanding the ECS

The endocannabinoid system plays several important roles in each and every human's body.  The system was first discovered by scientists trying to understand the effects of cannabis, for this reason it was named the endocannabinoid system.

Endo means endogenous, meaning "within the body". Cannabinoid refers to the chemical messengers that activate the endocannabinoid system. 

The endocannabinoid system plays a part in regulating many basic functions of the body, such as:

  • Cardiovascular function
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Digestion
  • Sleep
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolism
  • and many more

The endocannabinoid system has two receptors: CB1 and CB2. Each receptor responds to different cannabinoids, but some cannabinoids can interact with both.

CBD Receptors Chart