The Endocannabinoid System - Control Panel of the Human Body
Jul 10, 2020
An article has been published on the Volteface website titled “Factfile: The Endocannabinoid System - Control Panel of the Human Body.” The article describes in detail the endocannabinoid system (ECS) - our bodies’ naturally occurring system that works to keep the body in balance or homeostasis. Relatively recently discovered, the ECS is responsible for psychological processes related to sleep, pain, inflammation, memory, learning, metabolism, appetite, energy, digestion, reproduction, stress and thermoregulation.
The ECS is made up of three parts: endocannabinoid molecules, metabolising enzymes and cannabinoid receptors. These three parts work together to dampen the response of neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, serotonin etc), resulting in either a inhibitory or excitatory effect. The article explains how phytocannabinoids (those found in the cannabis plant) can interact with this system, and provides an overview of some of the research into the medicinal properties of some cannabinoids.