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Runner's High: The Relationship Between Your Body's Cannabinoid and Cannabidiol

Runner's High: Studies Find Your Body Makes Its Own Cannabis When You Exercise

Researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany have found that "runner's high" is actually caused by endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids can self produce chemicals that are very much similar to cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Runner's high is a brief occurrence that puts you in a deep relaxing state of euphoria. Euphoria is a sense of happiness or joy. This happens after an intense workout session or exercise. During runner's high people have reported having less anxiety and stress.

Scientists believe that this occurrence is rare; not everyone that goes for a run or exercise will have experienced a runner's high.

Researchers at the University of Heidelberg found elevation with levels of endorphins and endocannabinoids in mice after running. It seems that they engaged in the activity for fun. Researchers also noticed that they showed very little sign of being in pain and anxiety. They appeared to be in tranquility. They were more keen on taking part in the activity in lighter open spaces rather than finding dark corners.

However, whenever researchers used drugs to block the mice's endocannabinoid receptors, the mice were not feeling relaxed as they were. They felt anxious and were sensitive to pain from running. Also, when they blocked the opioid receptors it didn't affect the mice feeling of tranquility either.

Internal opioid receptors do play a role in helping to encourage or motivate you in wanting to get up and start exercising. A research published by the University of Missouri showed that when dopamine-releasing mu-opioids were chemically activated in rats it made them favor running and willing to exercise. When the receptors were shut off the physical activities were reduced.

Researchers from the University of Heidelberg found that it took mice running an average of 3 miles or 5 kilometers a day to feel the high from running. Not feeling the sensation of pain and anxiety while running a long distance will definitely benefit humans as mobility is part of human nature.

Amazingly, cannabinoids like CBD have similar effects like the endocannabinoid receptors along your body does. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that can have therapeutic properties. Two of the main cannabinoids are THC and CBD. They have similar medicinal properties, but what sets them apart is THC has psychoactive properties which can cause you to feel high and alter your mind, but CBD does not have any intoxicating effects and will not cause you to feel high.

Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is found in our body system. The ECS is a complex system that regulates functioning of our bodily organs to bring homeostasis in our body function. The ECS regulates mood, pain, stress and anxiety, appetite, the sleep and wake cycle along with the immune system. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by helping to enhance reduction of anxiety and regulate mood. It helps with anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. It protects neurons from further damage and can prevent neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit

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