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Humans and animals alike naturally produce endocannabinoids – chemical compounds that activate the same receptors as, for example, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the best known cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.

Essential Agents

Endocannabinoids are crucial for bioregulation and maintaining homeostasis of the body. Their main purpose is cell signalling. Since they are hydrophobic, their primary effects are limited to paracrine (between cells) and autocrine (within a cell) areas, rather than to systemic effects.

According to scientific research, they play a significant role during physiological processes in the body (e.g. during inflammation, insulin sensitivity, or metabolism of fat and energy).

Modulation of the endocannabinoid system can be useful for the treatment of various chronic neurological and autoimmune diseases. This relatively newly discovered signal system still hides answers for many questions. Further research in this intriguing field should identify and explain the mechanisms of effects of endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid system on various diseases, and it should provide medical professionals with brand new therapeutic possibilities.

At the same time, we can be looking forward to other discoveries of possible medical applications of more than one hundred phytocannabinoids found in cannabis, which have the same effect as endocannabinoids, thus holding enormous healing potential.