The endocannabinoid system is a biological system found in the human body and other animals that are involved in regulating various physiological processes. It consists of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes that synthesize and degrade endocannabinoids.
These endocannabinoids are similar in structure to compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants, which are called cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC (which makes people feel “high”) and CBD (which doesn’t make people feel “high” but has been known for its potential therapeutic benefits).
The endocannabinoid system is involved in many physiological processes and is thought to play a role in regulating homeostasis, or the body’s ability to maintain internal stability and balance. Dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system has been implicated in a variety of disorders, including chronic pain, anxiety, sleep, and depression.