The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a system of physiology every human being has. It maintains balance in your body at a cellular level & is present in your body before your born till the day you die. The function of a cell can be altered by recieving a signal/message from either itself or from another cell. This message is typically in the form of chemicals (like the prescription drugs or stuff your body produces on its own) This message is recieved by something called a receptor.
There are two primary ECS receptors: Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).
While CB1 is typically thought of as being primarily in the brain and CB2 primarily in the immune system, both types of receptors are in fact found throughout your body.
These neurons act as a sort of lock, with cannabinoids acting as the key. Although they have similar sounding names, these two receptors perform very different functions in the human body. Find out what each receptor does below.
CB1 receptors are present throughout the body, but many are in the brain. They deal with:
Benefits of activating the CB1 receptor include:
- Relieving depression
- Increasing myelin formation
- Lowering intestinal inflammation
- Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering anxiety
- Reducing fear and paranoia
CB2 receptors (first discovered in 1993) are most often found on the cells of our immune system. They help moderate inflammation and our immune response to pathogens.
CB2 deals with conditions such as:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Digestive issues
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Benefits of activating the CB2 receptor include:
- Plays a role in liver and kidney function,
- Bone and skin health
- Even pain-related illnesses.
- Virtually every type of human disease