Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2 Receptors)
Definition - What does Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2 Receptors) mean?
In addition to CB1 receptors, the cannabinoid receptor type 2, commonly referred to as CB2 receptors, is a protein found throughout the human body. CB2 receptors are G protein-coupled cannabinoid receptors in the body that have the unique ability to react positively with the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant.
The CB2 receptors are found throughout the body’s immune system and its supporting organs such as the thymus gland, spleen, and tonsils. The CB2 receptors appear in the greatest abundance in the gastrointestinal system. CB2 receptors are also found in the brain, but there are far more CB1 receptors than CB2 receptors in the brain.
Hydrolife explains Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2 Receptors)
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis that have the ability to provide relief to sufferers of a wide array of medical conditions. The cannabinoid molecules of the plant enter the body and activate certain cannabinoid receptors that are found naturally in the body.
Many people consider the CB2 receptors to be like locks in the body and the cannabinoids are the keys that unlock the power of the CB2 and CB1 receptors. When cannabinoids from a cannabis plant are ingested, the CB2 and CB1 receptors are what transport and carry the signals of the cannabinoids to the body. The CB2 receptors appear to work with marijuana to offer strong anti-inflammatory benefits.
The body’s CB2 receptors were first discovered by researchers at the Cambridge University in 1993. It is believed that the large amount of CB2 receptors in the body’s GI tract is the primary reason that sufferers of Crohn's Disease and IBS find such significant relief using cannabis to treat the symptoms of the disease.