Definition - What does Anandamide (AEA) mean?
Anandamide is an endocannabinoid in the human body that is produced naturally by the brain. The word comes from the Sanskrit term for joy, bliss, and happiness. As such, anandamide is sometimes referred to as the 'bliss molecule'.
The human brain's cannabinoid system regulates many natural functions. One role anandamide plays in the body is that it regulates appetite, as well as pleasure and reward. It is also partially responsible for regulating sleep patterns. Anandamide also plays a role in hormone regulation and fertility.
Smoking cannabis releases the effects of THC that is present in the cannabis, which effects the brain and body in much the same way anandamide does.
MaximumYield explains Anandamide (AEA)
Anandamide is also known as AEA, or N-arachidonoylethanolamine. It is an endogenous analog of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Anandamide is synthesized in the tissue cells in the body and is broken down by fatty acid hydrolase. THC from cannabis plants mimics the effects of anandamide, which is naturally occurring in the body and binds to the body's C1 and C2 receptors.
In other words, anandamide is a neurotransmitter in the human body that is affected by the same cannabinoid receptors that THC from marijuana stimulates in the brain.
Yet another effect anandamide plays in the body is that it inhibits the growth of cancer cells. It also promotes neurogenesis, which is the development of new cells. Anandamide is synthesized in parts of the brain that are associated with memory, higher thought, and mood.
Decreased levels in the brain are shown to correlate with depression and/or anxiety. Anandamide levels naturally increase with exercise. It is also naturally found in chocolate and truffles.