The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

It is really hard to understand cannabis/marijuana and how it may help a person without first understanding how are bodies are designed to work and what happens when it doesn't. Hopefully, this basic education will help you to better understand your body.


Our bodies are made up of several systems. You can probably name at least a few of them yourself. Each system has a function and they are dependent on other. What most of us don’t know is that we also have what is called an ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM…no, its not taught in mainstream schools yet. But it is critical to so many aspects of our body.

The ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM or ECS is responsible for keeping our body’s systems in BALANCE with each other. When our body is in balance and all systems are in good shape, the ECS is quiet – shut off so to speak. BUT when something happens that throws out body out of balance – the ECS turns on. It works like a walkie talkie in that it sits and listens to the body and waits for a problem then activates by producing and releasing endocannabinoids (cannabinoids our body makes) called ANANDAMIDE and 2AG that are sent to the source of the problem. Once the problem is resolved, the ECS then produces and releases a couple of enzymes called FAAH and MAGL to inactivate the Anandamide and 2AG and the ECS system shuts back down and re