Why Bliss Molecules?
Anandamide & How Bliss Molecules Came to Be
There is a chemical already in our body that makes us feel bliss. You see, we actually make our own version of THC. What is this chemical? It’s called Anandamide, the bliss molecule. Anandamide’s full name is N-arachidonoylethanolamine… but let’s not get so complicated.
So here’s the deal on the human version of THC. Anandamide (AEA) is the human version of THC. Dubbed the “bliss molecule” by William Devane who discovered the compound while working with Raphael Mechoulam, the man who, along with his research team, discovered THC. The root Ananda- is Sanskrit for bliss. This molecule is a popular endocannabinoid that primarily affects two compounds in the body: CB1, mainly associated with the nervous system and CB2, the immune system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is basically a superhighway in your body that sends messages about your major functions. You can’t walk after a tough workout? Your legs send messages to your brain recognizing discomfort and inflammation. In the same way that taking ibuprofen has chemicals that attach to the CB receptors to stop your ECS from recognizing that pain while your body promotes healing on its own, CBD can do the exact same thing without prescription or OTC medicines.