The Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system (like the digestive system or the lymphatic system) that has become the subject of increasing research since it was first identified in the 1990s. Researchers have found that it works to regulate both functions and processes in the human body.
The ECS affects many normal functions of the human body, including your mood, sleep, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility.
Research has also linked the ECS to a wide range of processes within the body including pain and inflammation, stress, skin and nerve function and digestion.
Many of the processes that have been linked to the endocannabinoid system involve maintaining homeostasis within the body - that is, the body’s ability to keep a relatively stable internal state. It is therefore believed that this maintenance of 'biological harmony in response to changes in the environment’ is the main function of this biological system.
Endocannabinoids broadly work as neuromodulators and, as such, they regulate a wide scope of physiological processes – from fertility to pain. Maintaining a healthy endocannabinoid system is important for the following functions:
- ● Immune health & inflammation
- ● Stress & mood
- ● Digestion
- ● Appetite
- ● Metabolism
- ● Nervous system
- ● Bone health
- ● Fertility
- ● Skin health
- ● Arterial and respiratory health
- ● Sleep and circadian rhythm