CBD and anandamide

It is widely known though misunderstood that CBD will not get you high like marijuana and other products containing TCH. There is a link between CBD and another type of high.

Researchers have found a link between CBD and anandamide, the fatty acid neurotransmitter responsible for the famous feeling of “runners high”. Many people who run or perform high intensity cardio and other forms of intensity exercise report experiencing a feeling of a joyous “high”.

That high is caused by anandamide, or the “bliss molecule”. The name comes from the Sanskrit words for “bliss” and “joy”. This molecule interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system, a system of cell-signaling that helps with multiple functions including sleep, mood, appetite, memory. The systems produce endocannabinoids that bind to receptors that are located in the central nervous system, called CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors in the peripheral nervous system, and immune cells.

Anandamide reacts with the receptors in the central nervous system in the same way THC and CBD interact with these systems. Anandamide binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors greatly impact the body’s functions tied to those receptors including mood, leading to the feel-good vibes after a tough cardio session. Those with higher levels of the “bliss molecule” were found to experience less fear and increased moods.

Anandamide is a type of endocannabinoid that reacts with CBD. When combined, CBD will increase levels of anandamide, which is why CBD can cause a relaxed and blissful feeling and can help with anxiety symptoms.

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