What Is the Function of Endocannabinoids?

Reviewed on 7/9/2020

What Are Endocannabinoids?

Endocannabinoids are natural cannabis-like lipid-based neurotransmitters produced by the human body

The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1990s by scientists studying tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound found in cannabis (marijuana). It is believed cannabis affects humans by mimicking our naturally produced endocannabinoids.

What Is the Function of Endocannabinoids?

The function of endocannabinoids is to maintain stability in the body’s systems (homeostasis). 

The endocannabinoid system affects an extensive range of body processes, including: 

  • Pain
  • Mood
  • Appetite
  • Memory
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Metabolism
  • Immune function
  • Reproductive function 

What Are Potential Therapeutic Uses of Cannabinoid-Related Medications?

Understanding the endocannabinoid system may allow medical practitioners to use cannabinoids therapeutically to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as:

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Reviewed on 7/9/2020
References
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