Scientific studies into the effect of cannabis on the body have been quite the eye-opener, bringing forth revelations that would baffle the human race. The endocannabinoid system is a communication network that links the brain with the rest of the body. Given the vast size of this network, the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in reflex actions like reaction, feelings, and movement. In essence, the endocannabinoid system works in the same way the nervous system does, just in the opposite direction.
In the realm of medicine based on cannabinoids, a lot of people usually assume the presence of CBD and THC only. In fact, these two have featured among the most discussed subjects in as far as cannabis is concerned. However, what people don’t realize is that the human body is fully capable of processing and creating its own cannabinoids, which are used in the body. This is the role of the endocannabinoid system.
One thing that’s interesting about endocannabinoids is that this is a feature that all animals share. It is obvious that humans feel special enough to be the only animals that have an endocannabinoid system, but from research, all animals share this. This also explains why there has been an increase in research into the effects of medicinal cannabis on pets. These studies have proven to be successful, with more people open to the idea of getting their pets on some form of cannabis to help them manage whatever medical condition they might be struggling with.
The endocannabinoid system acts on different types of cannabinoids, which are as follows:
These are the cannabinoids that are produced from the cannabis plant. In this category, we have cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring cannabinoids, which the body produces on its own.
- Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoids are produced in laboratories. Such cannabinoids are produced to help the body patch up a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system. In case for some reason, you are unable to produce sufficient cannabinoids, this deficiency can be supplemented with synthetic cannabinoids.
The endocannabinoids that are produced in the body don’t have the potency that you would get from phytocannabinoids, for example. Therefore, what this means is that each time you consume cannabis, you give your body a boost, by creating a stronger response to what it already has. This explains why a lot of research scientists currently view the role of phytocannabinoids as an important one for the advancement of modern medicine, especially with the likes of CBD.
One of the reasons why cannabis treatments have proven to be a success over the years is because naturally, of all neuromodulatory receptors, the body has the highest abundance in endocannabinoid receptors. Even if you were to combine all the receptors including dopamine and serotonin, the endocannabinoid receptors would still outmatch them. This abundance comes in handy, especially when looking at homeostatic balances, because the role of the endocannabinoid system, among other things, is to maintain balance in the body.