Cannabis and marijuana may be the first thing that comes to mind when learning about the body’s cannabinoid receptors. And yes, cannabis acts upon the receptors, activating them and causing the pleasant effects on mood as well as the increase in appetite. But there is a lot more to this system’s role in our body than the effects of marijuana.
This article looks at the role of cannabinoid receptors in the body, focusing on the role that endocannabinoids and their receptors play in metabolism, inflammation, and obesity. We will look at genetic variants that increase the risk of obesity, and then investigate a few options for mitigating the risk.
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