The Endocannabinoid System “ECS”
The ECS is a network of cannabinoid receptors that you find in various parts of the body including the brain, digestive tract, colon, nervous system, tissue, reproductive and other organs.
In no uncertain terms, cannabinoid receptors exist all over the human body.
In humans, they are the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. They respond to THC and other molecules. THC molecules and other cannabinoids cause the receptors to express, producing the health benefits of marijuana.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating the following functions:
- Body temperature
- Cardiovascular issues
- Immune function
- Neural function
The Goldilocks Zone – Getting Your Body Just Right
A key function of the endocannabinoid system is ensuring that multiple bodily functions are “just right”.
Like the tale of Goldilocks, the young girl who tastes everyone’s porridge until she finds the bowl that is “just right” for her, the Goldilocks Zone is a form of homeostasis in which the body is performing at its peak.
The ECS helps to regulate almost every function of the body. And when these functions come out of homeostasis, CB1, CB2, endocannabinoids and enzymes reset the body’s measure of performance.
Hence, another reason why medical marijuana makes people feel so good.