In this response to a viewers comment, Riley teaches us about the endocannabinoid system and answers the following questions: Why do we have THC and CBD receptors? Like opioid receptors and endorphins- do we produce any molecules like CBD or THC naturally?
We have cannabinoid receptors because we produce endocannabinoids. The two different types of cannabinoids are endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. Endo means made from within, and phyto means made from a plant.
If you have never come into contact with the cannabis plant and/or THC, the endocannabinoid system in your body will still operate perfectly. Our bodies still make those ligands, receptors, and enzymes to degrade those molecules. All of this became known just because of the discovery of the cannabis plant!
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Exactly. So we have cannabinoid receptors because we produce endocannabinoids. If you go back to video three on this channel, it talks about the difference between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids. So phytocannabinoids are the ones that the actual cannabis plant is making, and then the endocannabinoids are the ones that our body is making to activate those same exact receptors.
This can be an incredibly difficult topic to really understand. But if you never encountered the cannabis plant, your endocannabinoid system in your body would still operate perfectly fine because we make those ligands, we make those receptors, we make the enzymes to degrade those molecules, et cetera. But we only discovered all that because of this beautiful plant.