If you’re a marijuana user, you’re likely familiar with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, which are the compounds in cannabis that provide medicinal effects. But the reason these compounds work, is because they interact with receptors in tissues and cells of the human body. This system of receptors in our bodies is known as the endocannabinoid system.
This mechanism, which helps modulate many bodily functions — including appetite, sleep, anxiety level, and cognition — is intimately tied to the nervous system and immune system. Some molecules may feature a relatively low binding affinity that offers poor or moderate efficacy for a patient, while other pairings feature a very strong affinity that, when combined with cannabinoids from high-quality plants, can result in superb medical benefit or psychoactive effects. [Whaxy]
Interested in learning more? Come in and see us, we also have a life-sized poster on the endocannabinoid system in our office.