Source of Runner’s High: Endocannabinoids

Homing In on the Source of Runner’s High – The New York Times

Endorphins are famous for supposedly producing “runner’s high,” that fleeting sense of calm and euphoria that engulfs many of us after a satisfying workout.

But in fact, endorphins may be unfairly hogging the credit for making workouts enjoyable, according to an enlightening new experiment with animals. The findings suggest…

that euphoric feeling may be the product of the body’s own endocannabinoids, the chemicals that, like the cannabinoids in marijuana, lighten mood.

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