The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.
At the most basic level (tissue and cellular), the ECS is a neuromodulator. Neuromodulation is communication between neurons on a more indirect and diffused manner. Cannabinoids can be seen as mediators where feedback is given to the stimulated neurons to regulate future cellular behavior.
The diversity of the placement of the receptors indicates the importance of the endocannabinoid system for the regulation of daily bodily functions.
The human body produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. Hemp plants also contain cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids), and when they interact with the receptors in our bodies, they provide a natural support for the body’s ability to achieve homeostasis.