YOUR ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) - a complex biological system involved in regulating and maintaining certain aspects of your health, such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain. The ECS receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. The body produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. Emerging research shows that endocannabinoids may play a role in regulating such functions as memory, sleep, and mood, as well as metabolic processes like energy balance.
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS.
But so far, we know it plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes.
These functions all contribute to homeostasis, which refers to stability of your internal environment. For example, if an outside force, such as pain from an injury or a fever, throws off your body’s balance, your ECS kicks in to help your body return to its ideal operation.
Today, many experts believe that maintaining homeostasis if the primary role of the ECS.