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What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a homeostatic regulatory system that influences multiple physiological processes, including the modulation of pain, seizure threshold, appetite, mood and other processes. The ECS may also play a role in regulation of the immune system, tumor surveillance, bone physiology, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and intraocular pressure. This system was named the endocannabinoid system because it is an endogenous system whose components interact with or resemble a compound derived from the cannabis plant called THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).