What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of the body’s largest neurotransmitter networks but only discovered in the early 1990’s.

The ECS is always working to achieve balance, or homeostasis, which means maintaining a stable internal environment despite changes in the external environment.

Our brain naturally produces endocannabinoid molecules (like anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or 2-AG), which are home-grown messengers found in your brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.

Anandamide from the Sanskrit word for “bliss”, is the body’s natural “blissful” molecule.

The ECS is as a balancing system (or homeostatic regulator): it sends neurotransmitters (messenger + communication molecules) to all your bodily parts to check that everything is working smoothly and rebalance functions if necessary.

For more information see https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002934307005475