Have you ever wondered why weed gets you high? No mystery here. RiverBluff Cannabis is going to tell you! Spoiler, it is simply biological. We are programmed to be able to get high. We know this because of the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) that runs through our bodies. What does the endocannabinoid system do? What are the receptors in the endocannabinoid system and what do they do? Doesn’t the endocannabinoid system just regulate my high? We have the answers for all our adult use cannabis consumers. So, kick back in the cut, fire one up, and let’s learn about some weed stuff! 

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and What Does It Do? 

The endocannabinoid system runs throughout our bodies and produces endocannabinoids which are molecularly similar to cannabinoids found cannabis. The first endocannabinoid discovered was named anandamide after the Sanskrit word for bliss. Since then, more endocannabinoids have been discovered. Endocannabinoids play a major role in our physiology. These endocannabinoids can affect memory, appetite, female reproduction, thermoregulation, and sleep. In short, the endocannabinoid system is essential to our physical wellbeing. It is a regulatory system that ensures our bodies function properly. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to live the healthy loves we live. Simply put, our brains are wired to get high. 

The CB1 and CB2 Receptors 

There are two endocannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2. Both play major roles in our body’s development as well as its regulation. The CB1 receptor aids in many brain functions including the development of the hippocampus. It also helps the central nervous system to interrupt stimuli. The CB2 receptor helps regulate the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the peripheral nervous system. These natural receptors allow cannabinoids to bind to them thus giving us the psychoactive effects we know and love. 

How Does It Get Me High? 

You may be wondering how this all adds up to you getting high.  Think of the endocannabinoid system as a subway system running through your body and endocannabinoids as the trains. Because endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are so similar, when you ingest cannabinoids, they essentially hijack the trains. Some cannabinoids can hijack those trains easier than others, the most famous of which are the many variations of THC. The endocannabinoid system allows us to enjoy things like cannabis flower, vapes, concentrates, edibles, or topicals. The better you know the endocannabinoid system the better you can tailor your personal cannabis experience. Without it, we wouldn’t know the joy of cannabis and that would be sad. So, give three cheers to the endocannabinoid system for it helps keeps us alive and have fun while being so! To stay up to date on all the latest in store deals and articles coming out of RiverBluff Cannabis Roselle, Illinois, SIGN UP for our email group!