Sunday, May 26, 2024

This Natural Cannabinoid Makes You Feel 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 knew this natural cannabinoid makes you feel 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 compound gets its name from the Sanskrit word ananda, which when translated to English simply means bliss. This almost undiscovered compound, in every human body, plays an important role in regulating mood. It also has responsibilities related to appetite and pain relief. But its primary role in a complex system is around mood.

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Scientists had no clue about anandamide until they started trying to learn more about how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) binds to the brain. It was during these studies researchers discovered an unusual neurotransmitter manufactured in the brain that seemed to mesh perfectly with THC receptors. This compound was originally called arachidonylethanolamide, but, for obvious reasons, it was given the updated moniker of anandamide.

The anandamide is a part of the human endocannabinoid system working to bring balance to our bodies and minds. People with high levels of anandamide have been shown to be more fearless. Those with lower levels can suffer from mental disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

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The good news is there are ways to boost anandamide production in the body. Studies have shown that the feeling commonly referred to as a “runner’s high” is connected to anandamide enhancement. This cannabinol is also in marijuana sativa.

Getting off the couch and engaging in some solid exercise is a good way to give the body an extra jolt of this all-important compound. Interestingly, consuming chocolate and cannabidiol (CBD) has also been shown to create an uptick in anandamide.

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