What is The Endocannabinoid System?

You’ve just finished a long run, your blood is pumping, and you’re sweaty and exhausted. You’ve just exerted a good amount of physical energy and yet you now feel a new sense of energy, a confidence, an ease, an elation. This “high,” also known as a “runners high,” comes as a result of your endocannabinoid system stimulating the reward centers of your brain.

As you have likely guessed the endocannabinoid system is named after the plant which sparked its discovery, the cannabis plant. This system, which is present in all humans, can be found throughout our bodies: in tissue cells, organs, glands and in our immune system and brain. This physiological system is crucial to bioregulation and helps form the bridge between body and mind.

Ensuring a well-functioning endocannabinoid system is key to our health. It has been shown that a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system leads to numerous health concerns and medical conditions, ranging from migraines to irritable bowel syndrome. This diverse neurological process is essential to maintaining the body’s natural balance and function.

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