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This almost unknown compound, present in every monkey person – even the most miserable of the breed – plays an important role in regulating mood.

No one said we were perfect. But there are some interesting aspects of the inner workings of the average individual – the ones that apparently make us less miserable – that we might never have found without the cannabis plant. One of those interesting aspects is called anandamide. This is just another piece of the puzzle that has been put together over the last few decades that proves, without a doubt, that marijuana is a medicine.


Anandamide comes from a natural cannabinoid occurring in the human body. The compound takes its name from the Sanskrit word Ananda, which, translated into English, simply means happiness. In fact, this almost unknown compound, present in every monkey person – even the most miserable of the race – plays an important role in regulating mood. It also serves to regulate appetite and relieve pain. But his main role in a complex system is to try to make us happy and healthy. Good luck, right?

We say “almost undiscovered” because scientists had no idea there was even such a thing as anandamide until they started trying to find out more about how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) binds to the brain. It was during these studies that the researchers discovered an unusual neurotransmitter made in the brain that seemed to be in perfect harmony with THC receptors. This compound was originally called arachidonoyl ethanolamide, but for obvious reasons, it was given the updated name anandamide.

Anandamide for Happiness

Without wanting to be a scientific geek (not that there’s anything wrong with that), let’s just say that anandamide is a part of the human endocannabinoid system that works to bring balance to our body and mind. In almost every facet of the emotional roller coaster, we are all condemned to ride every day, this compound does everything it can to give us a sense of security and happiness. People with high levels of anandamide are more courageous. Those with less anandamide can suffer from mental disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

So it makes sense that as miserable people we should do everything we can to increase the amount of anandamide in our bodies. Otherwise, what hope do we have of living another happy day? The good news is that there are ways to stimulate the production of anandamide in the body. Studies have shown that the sensation is commonly known as “runner’s high” is linked to increased anandamide.

Getting off the couch and exercising is a good way to give the body an extra boost of this very important compound. It is interesting to note that the consumption of chocolate and cannabidiol (CBD) has also been shown to create an “uptick” in the anandamide. So try them. Or don’t. Who cares ?

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