What are Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System?

Cannabis (Marijuana) has been documented as medication since at least 2900 BC.  In the 1960’s, Raphael Mechoulam and his team discovered THC and CBD.  In the Early 1990s, Mechoulam et. Al discovered the Endocannabinoid System.

Cannabinoids are 110+ and growing number of various chemical-like substances that constitute the Cannabis plant.  The most notable cannabinoids are THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC and THCV; with THC and CBD being the most studied. These cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System’s receptors.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is in the human body and is a widespread system that includes receptors, binding agents to make synapses (connectors) between cells more effective.  The ECS is responsible for maintaining Homeostasis (balance) among the body’s systems and mostly works in Central Nervous System and Immune System.

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