Endocrine System

Definition - What does Endocrine System mean?

The human body’s endocrine system, not to be confused with its endocannibinoid system (ECS), is made up of all of the glands of the body, such as the pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, thyroid gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovaries in females, and testicles in males.

In medicinal marijuana users, the effect of cannabinoids on the endocrine system has a direct effect on a number of medical conditions. Therefore, it is important for patients who are medicating with cannabinoids to do so under the prescription of a registered physician who can best advise them based on their endocrine system. In addition, the varying effects that cannabinoids have on users is largely due to their differing metabolic rates, as established by their endocrine systems.

Hydrolife explains Endocrine System

The integral parts of the human endocrine system are the hormones that the endocrine glands produce, and the effects they have on the body. The endocrine system is complex and controls all cellular metabolism, sexual development, mineral homeostasis, heart rate, digestion, sleep, mood, tissue function, and reproduction processes in the body.

The word endocrine is derived from the Greek words endo, which means ‘within’ and crinis, which means ‘secrete’.

The hypothalamus of the brain controls the pituitary gland that controls the body’s endocrine system. The brain’s hypothalamus controls the system by secreting targeted hormones throughout the body and within its many endocrine glands, such as the:

  • thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH)
  • oxytocin
  • antidiuretic hormone (ADH)
  • growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH)
  • gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)
  • growth inhibiting hormone (GHIH)
  • antidiuretic hormone (ADH)
  • corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)

All of these hormones control the pituitary gland and work together to make the body’s entire system function correctly.

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