What is anandamide?

Anandamide, known as the molecule of happiness, is a component of the endocannabinoid system, which is present in both the human and animal body and is aimed at maintaining the organism’s homeostasis, meaning a physiological balance. To achieve this, it influences the immune, endocrine and neurological systems.

How does anandamide work?

Anandamide is a naturally produced cannabinoid in our body, and when synthesized by our brain, it is rapidly activated and broken down at the same speed. The most typical way to trigger the release of anandamide in the body is through exercise or by consuming foods that contain cocoa, but even then, only small amounts are generated. Furthermore, even if down in the difestive tract.

¿What is the relationship between anandamide and CBD?

CBD is capable of stimulating the endocannabinoid system and increasing anandamide levels indirectly by inhibiting the enzymes responsible for its degradation. As a result, it raises anandamide levels in the body, which in turn stimulates the receptors associated with transmitting or modulating the pain we experience. Therefore, by properly stimulating it with CBD, this pain transmission can be avoided.

Where does anandamide come into play?

  • Modulating cognitive processes such as memory, attention and its involvement in the processing of emotional events or mood regulation.
  • Regulating appetite.
  • Motor planning.
  • The reproductive cycle and fetal development, as it is crucial for the proper development of the nervous system and its neurological functions.
  • Physical imbalances such as pain and inflamation.
  • Motivation, as it plays a role in the brain’s reward system.
  • Decision-making and actions that lead to pleasure.
  • The circulatory system, as its release dilates blood vessels.

What therapeutic effects does anandamide have?

  • Antipsychotic and anxiolytic effects.
  • Neuroprotective and antioxidant effects when its levels are high in the body, promoting the development of all neurological functions.
  • Influence on metabolism.
  • Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, which, when combined with the effects of CBD, can significantly reduce or even completely suppress pain.
  • Antidepressant effects, which promote motivation and the body’s reward system.
  • Relaxant and hypotensive effects.


*Note: Our information is based on scientific studies or outreach; if you are considering using cannabis, please consult with a specialized medical professional.