What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
In our body, there are a huge number of biological systems, all working interdependently to some degree. Their functions are based on the interactions of certain organic chemicals, and the Endocannabinoid System (also known as the ECS) is no exception. Made up of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors, the ECS is responsible for regulating a wide number of processes both physical and mental, including fertility, pregnancy, prenatal development, postnatal development, appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, the effects of exercise (runner’s high), brain reward proccesses, as well as the effects of cannabis itself. Sounds like a lot, right? It is! The endocannabinoid system is invaluable for a large number of reasons, the endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids playing a vital role in every single day of our lives.