One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A naturally occurring arachidonic acid derivative, present in some foods and in mammalian brains, where it acts as a messenger molecule and plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility.
- ‘Nature reports that anandamide, a naturally occurring neurotransmitter, may control coughing and various respiratory functions.’
- ‘And as evidenced by his animal research, reported in the advance online publication of the January issue of Nature Medicine, the result is higher brain levels of anandamide, which in turn ease anxiety in rats.’
- ‘The discovery of these receptors has also led to the finding of endogenous cannabinoids, such as anandamide.’
- ‘In guinea pig airways, anandamide stimulates sensory nerves by inducing depolarization.’
- ‘Chocolate also contains anandamide, which has the same effect on the brain as marijuana.’
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