The Endocannibinoid System and Human Health
Science, for the most part, stays in the background and doesn’t strive for publicity. And this is the way it should be – except perhaps when it comes to flaunting the graces of such a natural wonder as the Endocannibinoid System.
First identified in the mid-nineties in humans and then subsequently, in all animals studied, the Endocannibinoid System has as its base numerous receptor sites. These sites, found to a large degree in the brain and to a lesser degree in all other major organs – receive Endocannabinoids (molecules produced within our bodies, hence the word ‘Endo’) through a lock and key reaction. Once the molecule is locked into place on the receptor chemical messages are sent out to the body and a cascade of healing and moderating mechanisms, such as pain and inflammation control, begin.
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