Cannabinoid Receptors and Their Functionality as part of the CNS

Cannabinoid Receptors and Their Functionality as part of the CNS

To some people, cannabis is a nuisance to humanity, a drug that should be totally done away with because it’s supposedly causing ‘more harm than good’. I understand their notions because a person who goes against cannabis has never taken time to fully understand the drug and how it functions inside the human body.

If you’ve been doing some research on Cannabis, I’m sure you’ve at some point asked yourself why cannabis has the kind of special relationship it has with humans. Because, to be honest, what other plant on earth has the medicinal properties of cannabis or the ability to induce amazing feelings and emotions of euphoria as cannabis does.

Cannabis is such a powerful drug primarily because of two chemicals which are present in it, THC and CBD. These two chemicals are referred to as Cannabinoids and they are the ones responsible for the high that often occurs after you consume cannabis. In addition, these two chemicals often contain the medicinal properties that makes cannabis have such amazing healing properties.

But it doesn’t take magic for the cannabinoids to work. They do because there are Cannabinoid receptors in the body’s Central Nervous System. Theses cannabinoid receptors can also be referred to as the central landing zones for cannabis where the cannabinoids land first before reaching other parts of the body.

What I said above might have induced an idea in you that the cannabinoid receptors in the human body were created specifically for cannabis but that’s not it. The reason why there are cannabinoid receptors in the body is because the body has the ability to create endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are the perfect clone of cannabis that is produced directly by the body without any outside interference. In addition, Endocannabinoids have the same effects that Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC has on the body. In cannabis, THC is a psychoactive.

If you are reading on endocannabinoids for the first time right now, then there’s a good reason why you never heard of them because no medical textbook ever mentions them. They are an important part of human health because they go on to tap into what is known as the Endocannabinoid system.

This particular system is the second largest neurotransmitter network in the human body coming after the central nervous system. In case you are not familiar with what neurotransmitter networks are, they have a basic function of helping the body communicate with the brain through nerve cells.

The ECS system is there in the body, the next question to answer is what is it for? Basically put, the ECS system is just for regulation of hormones in the body. One way in which it plays a very crucial role is by helping regulate and control your sleep cycle. Have you ever wondered why you feel fatigued every day at exactly between 8 and 9 pm? Your answer to this lies in the ECS system, it is the reason why you feel tired at exactly that time.

Apart from regulating the sleep cycle, it is also responsible for appetite, controlling and giving signals to your brain with regards to when you should eat.

Apart from Appetite and Sleep, the Cannabinoid receptors through the Endocannabinoid system also control and regulate pain, pleasure, cognition, memory, immune function, movement, growth and your mood. As you can see, the ECS is vital to your health and taking cannabis is one sure way of helping boost it.