anandamide

noun
anan·da·mide | \ ə-ˈnan-də-ˌmīd \

Definition of anandamide 

: a derivative of arachidonic acid that occurs naturally in the brain and in some foods (such as chocolate) and that binds to the same brain receptors as the cannabinoids (such as THC) derived from cannabis

Note: Anandamide and other endogenously produced compounds are now classified as cannabinoids or endocannabinoids.

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Our bodies actually make our own cannabis-type chemical called anandamide, also known as the bliss molecule. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 His research on anandamide, for example, has been cited in respected scientific journals some 4,000 times. Yardena Schwartz, Newsweek, "The Outsourcing of American Marijuana Research," 17 Dec. 2015 That’s because THC occupies the same receptors on neurons as a natural brain chemical called anandamide. Lisa M. Krieger, The Cannifornian, "Cannabis and the teen brain: Key development stages require caution, doctors say," 23 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of anandamide

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anandamide

Sanskrit ānanda joy, bliss + English amide

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anandamide

noun
anan·da·mide | \ ə-ˈnan-də-ˌmīd \

Medical Definition of anandamide 

: a derivative of arachidonic acid that occurs naturally in the brain and in some foods (as chocolate) and that binds to the same brain receptors as the cannabinoids (as THC)

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