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The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoids system is a giant neuroreceptor system found not only in humans but in animals, even fish, meaning this is a very old piece of biology.  In the early 90’s chemists in Israel studying cannabis (hence why canna is in all the technical biological terms) discovered the endocannabinoid system.  

What exactly was discovered?  The ECS is made up of three parts.  1. Endocannabinoids (or cannabinoids that your body makes endogenously, inside the body).  2. Cannabinoid receptors most commonly referred to are the CB1 and CB2 receptors however there are more.  3. Metabolic enzymes that break down endocannabinoids.  That folks, is the ECS in a nutshell.  

The government is leading the way in preclinical trials, but researchers are finding that the ECS may be one of the most widespread biological systems in the human body.    The ECS is responsible for homeostasis, AKA balance.   Indications are showing that the ECS helps keep the body healthy in almost every biological system.  The results of clinical ECS deficiency could result in migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, auto immune issues, and even neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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