The Endocannabinoid system inside you
You may say and support cannabis over pharmaceutical medications. If you do, you probably say that cannabis works better than pharmaceuticals. You probably then say it’s cleaner, stronger and has less side effects. But do you know why it works so well? Do you know there’s an endocannabinoid system inside you?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of cannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. The ECS is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, memory, and in mediating the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Primary Endocannabinoid Receptors
Two primary endocannabinoid receptors are: CB1, and CB2. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system. They also are in peripheral organs and tissues. Also they are the main molecular target of phytocannabinoid, THC.
CB2 receptors are responsible for the efficacy of the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol. That is the active agent in cannabis, and other phytocannabinoids (natural cannabinoids).
Body Designed for Cannabis
What this means for you is that your body is designed to uptake cannabinoids naturally, without having to take advantage of other cells. To explain this we have to talk about how pharmaceuticals make their way into your body and brain. Your body is not designed to uptake pharmaceutical drugs naturally. They first must break down in your system and hitch a ride on red blood cells to make their way into the receptors, into the brain and peripheral organs and tissues.
Imagine the gate to your brain and organs is a square and cannabinoids are perfect squares. They fit right through the entrance and go right to the brain/organs/tissues. Imagine pharmaceuticals are star shaped and cannot fit through the square receptor. So the pharmaceuticals must disguise itself and hide in a square red blood cell to make its way through the receptor/gate. This is a very basic analogy but you get the idea.
So in a nut shell. Your body was designed by nature to use cannabis and other cannabinoids found in nature to support your:
- immune system
- brain, organs
- nervous system
- respiratory system,
- biological clock
- and much more.
Not to forget it allows you to enjoy the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
This is just part of how the endocannabinoid system inside you functions and supports you and your body. Next time someone tells you. “Pills are better than cannabis”, you know exactly why that is simply and scientifically not true. Be sure to support your system and intake some cannabis today.