Homeostasis and the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (or ECS) is a complex physiological system present in all mammals. Recent research has highlighted the complexity of the endocannabinoid system and suggests it is involved in managing various homeostatic processes. There is a solid body of research exploring the role of the endocannabinoid system.
Up until now, studies show that it is involved in managing pain, inflammation, immune response, appetite, metabolism, memory, mood and emotion, and much more. The endocannabinoid system is made up of 3 main components:
The two main enzymes in the endocannabinoid system are FAAH, which breaks down anandamide, and MAGL, which breaks down 2-AG Unlike other molecules in the body, anandamide and 2-AG are synthesized and used when they’re needed, not produced and stored to be used later.
The growing body of research on the endocannabinoid system suggests that the endocannabinoid system switches into gear when it senses certain imbalances in the body, and then switches back off once order has been restored to the system. Below we’ll look at some specific examples of how the endocannabinoid system can help regulate various bodily processes and promote homeostasis.