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A neurotransmitter, C22H37NO2, found especially in the brain, that binds to the same receptors as cannabinoids and influences mood, appetite, motivation, perception of pain and pleasure, and memory. Anandamide is also found in small amounts in cocoa and chocolate.

[Sanskrit ānandaḥ, bliss (ā, to, until + nandati, he is happy) + amide.]


(Biochemistry) a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter found in the brains of mammals and in small quantities in the cocoa bean
[C20: from Sanskrit ananda bliss]
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The endogenous arachidonate-based lipids, anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamide, AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG); these are known as "endocannabinoids" and are physiological ligands for the cannabinoid receptors.
Studies have shown that chocolate contains the compound anandamide that activates the same brain receptors as marijuana.
Chocolate contains a number of chemicals that inhibit the breakdown of the neurotransmitter anandamide - sometimes called "the molecule of bliss" - which can block feelings of pain and depression.