Scientists Say Hug Hormone in Humans Produces Cannabis-Like Molecule

A new study suggests that the “love hormone” oxytocin, which inspires human beings and animals alike to bond, utilizes a cannabis-like chemical to aid the process.

More specifically, a “bliss molecule’ is released into the body and makes the body do all sorts of amazing things. The chemical is called anandamide, which affects the brain’s cannabinoid system.

You may be asking yourself, “cannabinoid system?… What the heck is that? The answer is quite fascinating.

The human body owns what is scientifically known as the endogenous cannabinoid system. We all have receptors that are found throughout the body — in the brain, organs, glands, immune cells, and connective tissues — that try to maintain a stable internal environment. Cannabinoids work to promote the health of normal cells.

The wildest thing of all is that even sea squirts and other non-human vertebrate species also own a endocannabinoid system.

So it isn’t surprising that a new study has found that a marijuana-like neurotransmitter within the body has the power make the body feel more loveable, social, and relaxed. Additionally, when the body is compromised, cannabis may be the answer to rebuilding our cells.

Scientists are almost certain this find may help autistic kids overcome some of their challenges.

“We think that there is a disruption in cooperative oxytocin-anandamide signaling in autism,” lead researcher Daniele Piomelli shared with IFLScience. “Animal models of autism have multiple disruptions in endocannabinoid signaling.”

If this is so, new treatments may be made available sooner than later.

Once again, it appears that one of the most demonized plats on the planet (the cannabis plant) may be the answer to a healthier body. This doesn’t mean that getting high on pot is the answer. Rather, finding ways to use the cannabis plant — through oils, creams and other means — may be the answer to numerous ills.

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