AEA or ANA: Anandamide

Anandamide or AEA or ANA is a naturally occuring cannabinoid found in the human body. Produced on demand to affect mood, this endocannabinoid binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

AEA was the first endocannabinoid to be discovered. Anandamide exists naturally in the body to interact with the endocannabinoid system, binding to CB1 receptors in the nervous system and CB2 receptors in the peripheral nervous system. This ‘bliss’ molecule got its name because of its positive effects on mood and is also responsible for the ‘runners high’. 

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