There is a comprehensive network of receptors inside the body that are responsible for maintaining a balanced state. Our biological systems contribute to homeostasis and help us combat disease, injury, and the stress of everyday life. Cannabinoids interact with the receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system (ECS). They bind with receptors (CB1 and CB2) located on cells throughout the body to activate the ECS.
How Cannabis Works
The receptors send chemical signals, depending on their location and the interacting cannabinoid, to influence the body. While CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain, digestive and central nervous system, CB2 receptors exist in the immune system. While the extent of the ECS is still being explored, it has been linked to the following processes:
- Appetite and digestion
- Bone remodeling & growth
- Cardiovascular system function
- Chronic pain
- Immune system responses
- Liver function
- Motor control
- Muscle formation
- Reproductive system function
- Skin & nerve function
Experts believe that the primary role of the ECS is to support homeostasis.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis and interacts with the ECS by binding to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. It creates a variety of effects on the body and mind, such as lessening pain or stimulating appetite. CBD or cannabidiol doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2, but as far as we can tell, seems to work by preventing endocannabinoids from breaking down. Research suggests that CBD is an effective treatment for pain, nausea, and a broad range of conditions.
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