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1992 – Scientists Discover First Endocannabinoid

“Twenty-eight years after discovering THC, in 1992, Dr. Mechoulam, along with Dr. William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus, identified the brain’s first endogenous cannabinoid (or endocannabinoid) – the brain’s natural version of THC -which they called ‘anandamide,’ from the Sanskrit word ‘ananda,’ which means ‘eternal bliss’ or ‘supreme joy.’

Vigorous exercise stimulates the release of anandamide, and the sense of euphoric well-being that comes with a healthy workout – what jogging enthusiasts refer to as a ‘runner’s high’ – is due to elevated levels of endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system in the brain is also believed to help mediate emotions, consolidate memory, and coordinate movement.”