When a body system or process is out of balance, the result is illness or disease. Homeostasis is our bodies efforts to keep all things in balance. This is the primary function of the Endocannabinoid System: to keep our bodies in balance.
The Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) is a signaling network that exists in all vertebrate and invertebrate animals, including humans. The ECS is made up of a network of receptors, the naturally occuring chemical messengers Endocannabinoids, and the enzymes that assist in breaking down the Endocannabinoids.
The Endocannabinoid system is one of the most extensive signaling networks in the brain. The body functions affected by the ECS include, but are not limited to the following:
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Endocannabinoid System Scientific articles
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