In the 1980’s, scientists discovered that the human body contains a complex system of receptors that bind substances found in Cannabis called “cannabinoids”. Our bodies also create our own cannabinoids or “endocannabinoids”. This “endocannabinoid system” regulates almost every system of the human body. Dysfunction of endocannabinoid signaling has been implicated in many pathological conditions including cancers, autoimmune disorders and psychiatric disorders.
For a thorough review of the the endocannabinoid system I will refer you to some of the World’s leading experts on the topic, at phytecs.com. The work done by the researchers in this group is some of the most influential work to date on Cannabis, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system. Raphael Mechoulam revolutionized the field of cannabinoid studies over half a century ago and his work led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the 1980’s.