Anandamide is a molecule that acts as a neurotransmitter in the human body. It’s an endocannabinoid, which means it’s found naturally in our bodies and helps to regulate things like appetite, sleep, and memory. Anandamide also plays a role in protecting the brain from disease and injury.
The name “anandamide” comes from Sanskrit—ananda means bliss or joy and amide means organic compound. The molecule was discovered in 1992 by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.