The endocannabinoid system (ECS), first discovered in the early 90s, is paramount to understand how cannabis works in the healing of the human body.
The ECS is a complex system made up of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes. The endocannabinoids produced in our body help regulate and balance many processes in the body.
ECS possesses multiple functions and some characterize the ECS as the most important neurotransmitter system in the body. It plays a crucial role in a number of processes such as mood, memory, motor control, immune function, pain perception, appetite, sleep, bone development, among others.
The ECS is similar to software that runs your internal processes, whereas the software is the neurotransmitters in the nervous system, the hormones in the endocrine system, and the cytokines in your immune system.