The Endocannabinoid System


Let’s start here. Medical Marijuana is a hot topic these days. Ever wonder what is TRULY behind all the hype?

To begin with a major breakthrough in medical brain science happened when in 1990 researcher Lisa Matsuda announced at the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine that she and her team had pinpointed the exact DNA sequence that encodes a THC-sensitive receptor in the rat’s brain. She went on to say that these “Cannabinoid receptors function as subtle sensing devices, tiny vibrating scanners perpetually primed to pick up biochemical cues that flow through fluids surrounding each cell.” And I love this, “People have the same receptor which consist of 472 amino acids strung together in a crumpled chain that squiggles back and forth across the cell membrane seven times.”  Scientists soon discovered CB1 and CB2 receptors all over the body not just the brain. This system of receptors became known as the Endocannabinoid system, the system that regulates every other system in the body and create balance or homeostasis. http://www.beyondthc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eCBSystemLee.pdf

Just as the study of opium resulted in the discovery of endorphins, in 1992 the study of marijuana discovered an internal, natural THC substance called Anandamide. This was our bodies very own naturally producing substance that helps regulate our endocannabinoid system. Humans have NATURALLY gravitated towards Cannabis (medical marijuana) for thousands of years because we are intuitive and hard wired for it!!!!

So this very exciting scientific discovery almost 3 decades ago combined with the Information Revolution because of the world wide web has resulted in a majority of humans now knowing the truth. 

Supplement your endocannabinoid system today at any local medical marijuana dispensary especially at an Ann Arbor cannabis dispensary 😉

~Dori Edwards