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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 term Synaptamide was coined to describe its activity and molecular similarity to anandamide.
THC has a comparable structure and binding mechanism to anandamide, a naturally occurring fatty acid neurotransmitter present within the human brain.
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Anandamide and arachidonic acid use epoxyeicosatrienoic acids to activate TRPV4 channels.
Of these, the two most widely investigated are anandamide (arachidonoyl ethanolamine [AEA]), initially isolated from porcine brain, and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), initially isolated from canine intestines (11, 12).
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Both exogenous ligands, such as the cannabinoids from marijuana, and endogenous ligands (endocannabinoids), such as anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, act on cannabinoid receptors.