Endocannabinoids are naturally produced by the body on demand, acting as neurotransmitters. By binding to and activating cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids send signals to trigger many different physiological and psychological responses.

There are two types of endocannabinoids, 2-AG and AEA, which are naturally produced by humans and bind to endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors, which then transmit essential messages around the body.

An example of this is sending a hunger signal in the brain to boost appetite.

The two known endocannabinoids, 2-AG and AEA,  play a major role in maintaining balance or homeostasis within the body by transmitting these essential messages. 


What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?


The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the largest network of receptors and neurotransmitters in the human body. It is now believed to play the role of 'master regulator' in the body, affecting a wide range of physiological processes such as sleep, pain management, mood regulation, inflammatory response, and immune function.


What is the difference between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids?


Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds produced by the human body, while phytocannabinoids are compounds produced in plants, notably cannabis. Both types of cannabinoids interact with the ECS receptors (along with a range of other receptors), but they have slightly different effects and mechanisms of action.


Are there natural ways to boost your endocannabinoid production?


Some studies suggest that certain lifestyle choices may have a positive impact on our endocannabinoid system. One potential way is through exercise. Studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity can increase levels of endocannabinoids in the body. This could be because of the release of endorphins.

Another factor that may play a role is diet. Research has shown that consuming foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts, may help increase endocannabinoid levels. Dark chocolate has been found to contain compounds that can inhibit the breakdown of endocannabinoids, potentially prolonging their effects.

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