The Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS)
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a key homeostasis regulator and is involved in almost every physiological process in the body including those related to:
- Immune system
- Pain – sensation
Homeostasis refers to the ability of our body to maintain a state of equilibrium and is vital for the normal functioning of all living things from single-celled organisms to ourselves.
The ECS comprises a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the our brain and throughout our central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors. Known as “the body’s own cannabinoid system.”
Because these endogenous (“originating from within an organism”) signalling chemicals resemble those derived from cannabis plants, they were labelled “cannabinoids,” and the signalling system was called the Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS), or Endocannabinoid System – named after the plant which led to its discovery.
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