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Cannabis Science: How the Endocannabinoid System Controls Appetite

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, and they are found in the body in locations such as the brain, intestines, and the immune system. When a cannabinoid receptor is stimulated by an endocannabinoid, various physiological functions in multiple systems of the body are activated including memory, pain sensation, mood, and most pertinent to this article, appetite. ECS activity in the central nervous system regulates food intake. This is because whenever you’re hungry your ECS sends signals to your hypothalamus (a structure in your brain that helps to regulate appetite) which lets your limbic system (an area that controls emotion) know that it’s about to “go down” with that tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the freezer. read full Medical Jane article

There is also evidence that Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia may be triggered by reduced concentrations of chemicals known as endocannabinoids in the human brain. These are naturally-occurring cannabinoids, of the type found in marijuana and cannabis. Read full Softpedia Article

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