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The Human Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids and The Human Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds derived from hemp and cannabis that interact directly with the cannabinoid receptors found throughout the human endocannabinoid system. The medicinal benefits of cannabis can be attributed to the phenomenon of cannabinoids activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and body. When CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated, we can improve how our body’s different systems and organs function.

Endocannabinoid receptors

These receptors are found throughout your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them to signal the ECS to take action.

The two main endocannabinoid receptors:

CB1 receptors, mostly found in the central nervous system

CB2 receptors, mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells

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