How Cannabinoids Work: Part III — Metabolism and Elimination

The human body is remarkably good at protecting itself. The moment the body finds a xenobiotic, a foreign compound not made by the body — such as a drug, pesticide, or unfamiliar chemical — it will treat it and flush it out through the internal blood-filtering system, or in some cases store it in special sites throughout the body.

When the body detects cannabinoids, they are categorized as xenobiotics and sent to the body's detoxification system, the liver.

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