This natural cannabinoid makes you happy
Happiness is a wonderful part of life, but for some or at times it can be elusive. Finding happiness can be a lifelong journey, but who would have thought that this natural cannabinoid would make you happy. Anandamide is a lipid mediator that acts as an endogenous ligand of CB1 receptors. These receptors are also the primary molecular target responsible for the pharmacological effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid produced in the human body. The name of the compound is derived from the Sanskrit word ananda, which when translated into English simply means bliss. This almost undiscovered compound plays an important role in regulating mood in every human body. It also has roles related to appetite and pain relief. But its main task in a complex system is tuning.
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Scientists had no idea about anandamide until they tried to learn more about how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) binds to the brain. During these studies, researchers discovered an unusual neurotransmitter produced in the brain that appeared to work perfectly with THC receptors. This compound was originally called arachidonylethanolamide, but was given the updated name anandamide for obvious reasons.
Anandamide is part of the human endocannabinoid system, which works to balance our body and mind. People with high levels of anandamide have been shown to be more fearless. Those with lower scores may suffer from mental disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia.
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The good news is that there are ways to increase anandamide production in the body. Studies have shown that the feeling commonly referred to as a “runner's high” is related to anandamide enhancement. This cannabinol is also found in marijuana sativa.
Getting up from the couch and getting some vigorous exercise is a great way to give the body an extra boost of this important compound. Interestingly, consuming chocolate and cannabidiol (CBD) has also been shown to increase anandamide levels.