The Human Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system isn't something most of us learned about in health class. But a growing body of research is revealing how much it contributes to our health and well-being. All animals––including us––have an endocannabinoid system.

It's a communication network of signaling molecules that regulates and coordinates the processes and responses that keep our minds and bodies functional and healthy. An analogy we use around the lab is that the endocannabinoid system is like a 'traffic director': when it's working correctly, it tells the body's construction crews where to go, how long to stay, how hard to work, and when they're on break. When the body is in need of some repair, it's this system's job to get the crews to the right places.