The endocannabinoid system refers to the internal chemical processes which mediate homeostasis (maintenance of a stable balance) within the body.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. The goal of the cannabinoid system is always the same, which is the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment or homeostasis.
Within the body, the endogenous cannabinoid substances are lipid (fat-soluble) messengers which communicate between various cells in the body and adjusting depending upon various internal and external environmental influences. The endocannabinoid messengers affect bodily processes such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.
Hemp is a phytocannabinoid – a plant based cannabinoid.