The ECS is a neurotransmitter network that acts as a homeostatic regulator, which means that it helps maintain optimal system balance in the body.

The ECS helps balance and coordinate messages between the brain and the body, helping both respond optimally to both internal and external stimulus.

Scientists are still studying the ECS, but already know that the system regulates and normalizes:

  • Immune function
  • Pain
  • Pleasure
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Visceral sensation
  • Growth
  • Movement

There are three basic parts to the endocannabinoid system:

  • Endocannabinoids
  • Endocannabinoid receptors
  • Enzymes that control endocannabinoid levels

Enzymes regulate endocannabinoid levels by stimulating the synthesis of endocannabinoid to raise levels or signal endocannabinoid destruction to lower levels.