As we further our development into the future, it has become transparent that bliss is not only a feeling everyone wants, but it is also one that everyone deserves. The more open and educated we become, the better chance we have at creating healthier lifestyles and the more we can shape the lives we desire.
What is Anandamide?
Anandamide or Arachidonylethanolamide is a neurotransmitter produced in our brains which binds to the cannabinoid receptors of our recently discovered, Endocannabinoid system. (ECS). The root word, “Ananda”, is derived from the Sanskrit meaning, “bliss, joy or happiness”. It is modernly coined as the “bliss molecule” because of the transmitters are designed to produce ‘euphoria’ when connecting to the CB1 and CB2 (cannabinoid) receptors of our ECS. Anandamide is said to be apart of the ECS, as it is lipid-based and responds to the cannabinoid receptors of our body.
The connection between Anandamide, THC + CBD
Anandamide, which is specifically designed to bind itself to the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, is highly responsive to THC and CBD. The reason for this is because THC is a potent psychoactive cannabinoid (which the CB1 receptor is most drawn to) while CBD is the most potent non-psychoactive cannabinoid (which the CB2 receptor is most drawn to). Both have a profound relationship to Anandamide particularly because of their genius in the process of neurogenesis - the growth and development of nervous tissue. The chemistry between our
neurotransmitter Anandamide and the THC-CBD phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant) also influences the state of harmony and balance in our bodies, also known as ‘homeostasis.’ Most of us are used to living according to our ‘flight or fight’ response system which can often times leave us diseased, strained and fatigued. With homeostatic balance, we can find ourselves at peace, feeling calm and collected no matter the situation at hand.
Anandamides role in our Endocannabinoid System
The endogenous (naturally occurring within the body) Anandamide is apart of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It’s role orchestrates parts of our brain which regulate mood, memory, pain, appetite, movement, behavior and our ability to manage stress. Anandamide can help us feel in control of our daily stressors, motivates us so we can achieve our goals, maintain a healthy mood, have a much brighter outlook on life, and gives us the mental ease to live gracefully. Alike to other neurotransmitters in the ECS, Anandamide plays a key role in making sure that we live fulfilling, wholesome lives. As mentioned before, Anandamide plays a huge role in our ECS’s ability to create homeostasis. The way Anandamide is capable of this, is by improving the inflammatory response, neuron signaling and paving the way for neurogenesis which largely impacts our memory functioning and our capacity to intake new information.
How can we improve our levels of Anandamide?
Consuming foods like chocolate (Theobromum Cacao) and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, krill, walnuts, hemp, herring, natto) are also great ways to improve Anandamide levels. A few herbal flowers to begin adding to your healing cannabinoid diet are the Coneflower (Echinacea), Helichrysum Umbraculigerum, Liverwort (Radula Marginata), Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum), and the Electric Daisy (Acemlla Oleracea). Lastly, lab tests have shown high dosages of anandamide release in the body when we are highly active. Exercise is one of the most accessible ways for all of us to increase anandamide levels, as this chemical is responsible for the high we feel when we have had an intense workout.
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