Our Kushfly customers have taken quite an interest in anandamide. What is anandamide or N-arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA) ? What does it do? Is it really the “bliss molecule”? What does that even mean? Don’t worry. We know marijuana molecules and cannabis chemical compounds can be complicated. So today, we are going to break down a simple guide to anandamide.
What is Anandamide?
Anandamide is a naturally occurring arachidonic acid derivative that explicitly interacts with our body’s cannabinoid receptors. Looking for a simple anandamide definition? Similar to cannabinoids like THC, anandamide is a neurotransmitter that binds to cannabinoid receptors. Moreover, it works by sending signals to CB receptors and plays a therapeutic role in aiding several conditions.
The Bliss Molecule
Why is anandamide known as “the bliss molecule”? The term anandamide specifically stems from sanskrit “ananda” meaning “bliss”. Consequently, is an appropriate word choice considering the role it plays in mental health.
What Does Anandamide Do?
Our endocannabinoid system works to keep our brain and body in balance. Anandamide binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system activating a “blissful” interaction. This interaction helps with optimal performance for aiding in depression, appetite support, developing brain nerve cells, increasing memory and learning functions, and pain relief.
Additionally, anandamide is mood enhancing and fear reducing. Furthermore, previous studies have shown anandamide interaction decreased our brain’s ability to activate a ‘fight or flight’ anxiety response. Increased levels of fertility are accompanied by high levels of anandamide. Studies have shown that anandamide interaction during ovulation boosts chances of conception. Lastly, similar studies show an interaction between exercise and anandamide developing a natural high similar to that of endorphins.
Where Can I Find Anandamide?
Anandamide is found in hemp seeds as well as hemp oil. Additionally anandamide can be found in anchovies, chia seeds, flax seeds, omega-3 enriched and pasture-fed eggs, sardines, and walnuts. Are you ready to give anandamide a try?
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