The Very, Very Basic Ins and Outs of the Endocannabinoid System

Article by Elizabeth Cairns, Useful Cannabis, Medium


One thing that always surprised me when I was researching for this blog, was the amount of websites that talk at length about cannabis, but rarely mention the endocannabinoid system. This was especially apparent in the recent mediacoverage of the failed drug trial (more on that in a later blog). This was a drug that affected components of the endocannabinoid system, yet kept being referred to solely as a cannabinoid, leading people to think that it was a cannabis-derivative (which is false).

I get that the endocannabinoid system is complex, which makes it easy to be scared away and just avoid the subject, but it is worth talking about. The more we talk about the endocannabinoid system and its components, the more legitimacy we add to cannabinoid research, and the more stigma is taken away.

Cannabinoid doesn’t always equal cannabis

The endocannabinoid system is what is responsible for the observable effects seen when consuming cannabinoids (like cannabis). This system exists throughout the body, and yet, we still don’t really fully understand what it’s doing (especially in comparison to bodily systems, like the sympathetic nervous system — think adrenaline and your “fight or flight” responses). Figuring out the ins and outs of the endocannabinoid system is what a large part of cannabinoid-related research is trying to do.

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