What is the endocannabinoid system? Within the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a set of signaling molecules in the central and peripheral nervous system that helps regulate processes of the body such as appetite, pain, mood, and memory. A signaling molecule is a chemical that passes information from cell to cell. In the ECS, these molecules are primarily signaling lipids called endocannabinoids, fatty molecules that bind to receptor proteins thus triggering a response. The chemical make-up of endocannabinoids and the responses they elicit are mimicked closely by cannabis, which is sometimes used to trigger an increase in appetite,...

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