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The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids naturally occur in the human body, in the nervous and immune systems. There are 3 types of cannabinoids:

  • Synthetic Cannabinoids that are produced in a laboratory (ex: pharmaceutical medications)
  • Endogenous Cannabinoids which are produced in the human body (may be referred to as endocannabinoid system)
    • The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a nerve cell signaling system (communication between cells) in the body that helps regulate and balance bodily functions, maintaining physiological, cognitive and emotional balance
  • Receptors CB1 & CB2 are located in the body. CB1 receptors are mainly located in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mostly located in the organs.
  • There are 2 endocannabinoids: anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG)
  • Phytocannabinoids which are produced in the cannabis plant. Examples are THC and CBD (referred to as cannabinoids)
    • Cannabinoids bind to endocannabinoid receptors in the body. These receptors are found throughout the body.
    • By stimulating the Endocannabinoid system with Phytocannabinoids will restore balance and relieve symptoms
 CB1 ReceptorsCB2 Receptors
LocationBrain & Spinal cord Some Peripheral tissueImmune tissue
RegulatesAppetite Movement Posture Sensory perception Memory Cognition EmotionInflammation & Pain (regulation of cytokine release from immune cells and immune cell migration)

CB2 receptors do not cause the high that stimulating the CB1 receptors may cause.

Medical Cannabis Products For The Endocannabinoid System

The Kind Goods has many different forms of medical cannabis products available.