The endocannabinoid system or the endogenous cannabinoid system was named after cannabis because the plant led to the discovery of this crucial physiological system. The system is made of up endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors, which help regulate many of our most basic functions like sleep and appetite. Endocannabinoids are naturally produced in the body and cannabis consumption increases the amount of endocannabinoids present in the body. The function of endocannabinoids and their receptors is to maintain homeostasis from the organism to the cell level by reversing damage in whatever way possible. One way the endocannabinoid system does this is in cancer patients, the cancer cells are programmed to kill themselves when endocannabinoid levels increase.
The endocannabinoid system of the skin in health and disease: novel perspectives and therapeutic opportunities
Tamás Bíró,1 Balázs I. Tóth,1 György Haskó,2 Ralf Paus,3,4 and Pál Pacher5
Published online 2009 Jul 14
The newly discovered endocannabinoid system (ECS; comprising the...
"The discovery of the endocannabinoid system is the single most important medical/scientific discovery ever and will save more lives than the discovery and application of sterile surgical technique."
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