Cannabinoid receptors

Cannabinoid receptors play a major role in everyday life, sending essential messages around the body after they are activated by cannabinoids that are either produced by the body (like AEA and 2-AG) or introduced into the body (like CBD and THC).

Cannabinoid receptors are part of the body's endocannabinoid system. There are two types, CB1 receptors - which are found mainly in the central nervous system, and CB2 receptors – which can be found in the peripheral nervous system. Cannabinoids that are produced by the body naturally bind to these receptors to promote homeostasis, and then when cannabis is consumed, phytocannabinoids like THC and CBD also interact with these receptors, triggering different reactions such as pain relief. 

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