How and Why Your Brain Makes its Own Cannabinoids


Dear Neuroscientist, how about and stop playing around with consciousness.

Hemp Edification

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

As you probably already know, unlike water, alcohol and many top-selling pharmaceuticals, it’s impossible to overdose on Cannabis. What you might not realise, however, is that this remarkable attribute of Cannabis stems in part from the fact the human body actually produces its own ‘endogenous’ (made in the body) cannabinoids (endocannabinoids). Cannabinoids, whether formed in the brain or inhaled via a vaporiser for example, fit neatly into a series of specialised receptors located throughout the body, with their greatest concentration in: the hippocampus (regulates memory); the cerebral cortex (cognition); the cerebellum (motor coordination); the basal ganglia (movement); the hypothalamus (appetite); and, the amygdala (emotions). Cannabinoid receptors are similarly found in “every animal species down to the sponge”, said Dr Donald Abrams, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, Chief of Hematology / Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a leading medical…

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