To understand how the various Cannabis components effect your body, we first need to be aware of what the Endo-Cannabinoid system is and how it operates. The ECS is a self-regulating system of receptors that are located throughout your body and is classed as a ‘Homeostatic Regulator’. This system’s primary function is to bring balance to both your body and brain systems.
Did you know that our bodies naturally produce Cannabinoids? Did you also know, that if they didn’t, we would die? It sounds crazy, but it’s true! Your body produces ‘Endocannabinoids’, which are special chemicals that regulate the systems in your body. Receptors in the ECS are able to bind with these body-produced Cannabinoids to confer their regulatory effects on the body.
Your very own Endo-Cannabinoid system helps to regulate your Memory, Immune System, Appetite, Moods, Sleep Patterns and even your sensation of Pain!
Additionally, two very important Endocannabinoids that our body produces are Anandamide and 2-AG. Specifically Anandamide is known to help us regulate our moods and weather stressful times without breaking down. Scientists have found a link between things like Depression and Schizophrenia , where people have had lowered amounts of Anandamide.
2-AG is found to be a key player in the regulation of our appetites and immune system functions in relation to it’s anti-inflammatory role.
Endocannabinoids – These are natural cannabinoids that your body produces on its own.
Phytocannabinoids – Phytocannabinoids are produced by the cannabis plant. This includes things like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), CBN (cannabinol), etc.
Synthetic cannabinoids – These are laboratory produced cannabinoids; pharmaceutical products such as nabilone or sativex.
CB1 receptors are typically found in the brain and throughout the nervous system. Cannabinoids that target these receptors can have an effect on motor learning, coordination, pain modulation and metabolism.
CB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system and act in a primarily protective role.