The Endocannabinoid System: How Can Cannabis Help Me?

What’s so interesting about the endocannabinoid system?

In part two of the endocannabinoid series we’re taking a look at how cannabinoids play a part in the nervous system. We’ll take a look at functions such as hunger, sleep, stress response and more. These are the functions being studied medically and the reason why cannabis is beginning to be viewed as a medical drug instead of an illegal recreational substance.

In this article, we’ll take a brief look at several ways cannabinoids are being used to treat health issues. From pain management to epilepsy and more – the research is continually showing that cannabis and the endocannabinoid system are truly amazing.

The Endocannabinoid System: What Is It?

“The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.” (Wikipedia).

Hopefully we can make this a bit easier to understand: The endocannabinoid system is actually part of the central and peripheral nervous system and endocannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid neurotransmitters on our existing neurons. So this is to say that the endocannabinoid system is not so much its own system, but a function or capability of our existing nervous system. You can see a diagram of the nervous system here, thanks to Wikipedia.

Medical & Recreational Cannabis

In part two, we’re taking a look at medical and recreational cannabis – the cannabis with THC and psychoactive effects that is cultivated for its flowers. What is it and how can it help you medically? How has is been used throughout history? And why did it get prohibited in the first place?