Happiness & Anandamide Link

Anandamide: The Body’s Own Antidepressant And How To HACK It Naturally

“Follow Your Bliss & Universe Will Open Doors Where There Were Only Walls” ~ Joseph Campbell

The Happiness and Anandamide Link

Everyone loves chocolate. Ever wondered why it is known to be good for cheering you up? It’s Anandamide. Named after Ananda (the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness”) the neurotransmitter produced in the brain has been hailed as the ‘Bliss Molecule’, for the role it plays in producing feelings of happiness. It has been termed “Your Body’s Own ‘Anti-Depressant'”.Moreover, it is said to be responsible for the temporary happy feeling you get after your favorite bar of chocolate – #SHAMANICBIOHACKER

Our bodies create anandamide on-demand, to be used when needed to maintain homeostasis. Anandamide does this by helping to regulate inflammation and neuron signaling.

Why Is Anandamide Important?

Anandamide’s ability to bind to receptors found in the “Endocannabinoid System (ECS)” can profoundly impact a host of physiological mechanisms, including appetite stimulation, mood fluctuation, pain management, and even fertility. (Source)

The genetic cards we are dealt certainly do play a part in our happiness. Scientists have discovered that whole nations that score off the chart on the happiness barometer, share the same genetic mutation. They produce less of the enzyme FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) which is responsible for breaking down the chemical ANANDAMIDE. 

Endocannabinoid System — Regulates Mood

Anandamide is part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), alongside 2-AG, another hemp-like chemical, and the endocannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. Present in all vertebrates, the system is classed as a homeostatic regulator, meaning it is constantly working to bring about a state of balance to our bodies and minds.

Not surprisingly, our mood, happiness, fear, anxiety, and ability to endure stress are all regulated by the endocannabinoid system, with out of whack anandamide levels associated with everything from schizophrenia to depression.

Anandamide is produced on demand by the body and then broken down rapidly by the same FAAH enzyme that is lacking in the genetic mutation. So in effect, scientists believe that the subjects’ enhanced levels of happiness are a direct result of having more anandamide in their system. So, sometimes it’s good to be mutated.

Scientific research has backed up the supposition. A study at the University of Calgary compared a group of genetically happy humans with rodents that had been injected with the same rogue gene, finding both mice and men had higher levels of anandamide and a greater ability to extinguish fear based memories.

Both groups shared greater connectivity between the cognitive planning centre, the prefrontal cortex, and the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for remembering emotions, in particular fear. The implication being that better communication between these two key centres leads to lower anxiety levels and increased emotional stability.

It would seem then that robust levels of anandamide in our bodies are inextricably linked to feelings of wellbeing and happiness, and a lack of them to depression and anxiety.

So what can we do to give this bliss provoking neurotransmitter a natural boost?

1. Enjoy a Runner’s High

Most people associate the buzz felt after running with what’s been termed as an ‘endorphin rush’. But that’s only part of the story. Scientists have found that after 30 minutes of exercise anandamide levels increase. Assistant Professor of Biology Greg Gerdeman describes how ‘in one study, we found that the increase of feelings of wellbeing in patients was tightly correlated to levels of anandamide in their bloodstream. So we started talking about anandamide as a neurobiological reward for running. It makes you feel good.”

2. Take Botanical Cannabinoids

It’s no surprise that one way of stimulating the endocannabinoid system is through the introduction of botanical cannabinoids into the body derived from the hemp plant. Scientists have observed that its administration leads to increased anandamide levels.

Adaptogenic & Nootropic Botanical Superfoods such as “Cannabinoid rich full spectrum hemp oil” can boosts your body’s ‘Anandamide’ levels naturally; in turn making you happier!.

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3. Eat Chocolate

Turns out that chocolate offers a two pronged approach to boosting anandamide; by stimulating the endocannabinoid receptors, and like CBD, blocking anandamide’s metabolization. But we’re not talking any old chocolate here, only quality dark chocolate will do, without the sugar and rubbish that generally gets thrown in. But still, not a bad reason to crack open a chocolate bar.

4. Go Truffle Hunting

Perhaps not the most practical way to boost anandamide levels, and you may need to find a spare pig to go direct to source, but scientists have discovered that anandamide can be found in the culinary delicacy, black truffles. Curiously, unlike other vertebrates with a developed endocannabinoid system, truffles don’t possess any accompanying receptors, suggesting that the anandamide present doesn’t trigger any biological effect. Instead it might have developed as a way of tempting animals into eating the truffles, a process that releases their spores and allows them to propagate.

5. Get Cosy With Kaempferol

Kaempferol is a type of flavonoid present in a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables such as apples, tomatoes, grapes, potatoes, onions, and broccoli. Studies already point to Kaempferol as having potential anti-cancer action, but it has also been found to inhibit the production of our old friend FAAH — the enzyme that breaks down anandamide. So far, most research into Kaempferol has been done in test tubes, and scientists believe it is unlikely that this could be upscaled sufficiently to make FAAH inhibition occur through dietary intake. However, if it means we have an extra excuse to get our 5 fruit and veg a day, then what’s not to like. (Source)

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