Runner's High

Can CBD Prolong Your Runner’s High?

Run, run, run. Don’t stop. Push past the wall of pain. Keep it going.

Minutes later, you will feel less anxious and the pain will be practically non-existent. If you know what I’m talking about, you’ve experienced runner’s high. What if I told you that you could prolong this feeling while working out? Well, it’s true. Runner’s high occurs during or after intense exercise, but combined with CBD, you could relieve the anxiety and pain of working out.

Runner’s High Is Not Caused by Endorphins

At first, runner’s high was linked to endorphins since they release a rush of happiness. But that’s not the case. Instead, recent studies found runner’s high connects to the endocannabinoid system. It turns out that endorphins cannot be the cause of runner’s high. Endorphins cannot break through the blood-brain barrier nor can they bind with receptors that could trigger a change in mood. In fact, runner’s high is actually associated with a neurotransmitter called anandamide, or the “bliss molecule”. Anandamide gets its nickname from the fact that it induces a “blissful sensation”, much like the feeling you get when devouring chocolate.

The “Bliss Molecule” in the Endocannabinoid System

The human body constantly balances body temperature, appetite, thirst and heart rate to achieve and maintain homeostasis. This balancing act ensures your body is in perfect working order. If our cells, organs and systems begin deviating from their balance points, the endocannabinoid system kicks in, and creates anandamide on-demand. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate inflammation and neuron signaling, which explains why it is linked to runner’s high. Anandamide does not stick around in the body for long since it breaks down quite easily. By binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, anandamide can significantly impact appetite, mood, pain and even fertility.

Your Body Experiencing Runner’s High

The CB1 receptor, that anandamide binds to, moderates memory, mood, motor function or perception of pain. Cannabinoids reach their targets by using endocannabinoid transport proteins to travel through your body. When anandamide binds with the CB1 receptor, you may feel euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and the lessened ability to feel pain, also known as runner’s high. To stop this wave of euphoria, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) enzyme breaks the bond between anandamide and the CB1 receptor. According to Nature Communications study, the people who just experienced rigorous exercise had increased levels of anandamide in their bloodstream, giving credit to anandamide being the cause of a “euphoric high”.

So, How Does CBD Prolong the Euphoric Feeling?

Runner’s high is short-lived. With CBD, though, you could prolong and enhance the happy, numbing feeling. CBD can modify the receptor’s ability to bind to cannabinoids. When CBD enhances the receptor, more anandamides can bind to create more of an euphoric feeling. CBD also distracts or inhibits the “stop” molecules, such as FAAH enzyme, that break down anandamide. Therefore, CBD can enhance and elongate runner’s high because it influences more receptors to bind to anandamide and inhibits “stop” molecules from breaking the bonds of anandamide. Echoing these positive effects, the same research study found a genetic variation in 20% of adults, impairing their production of FAAH enzyme. These people have increased levels of anandamide and are generally less anxious.

Many of our customers leap  over this hurdle of pain, anxiety and fatigue by drinking Natural Recovery Greens. Because our elixir contains THC-free water-soluble CBD, Natural Recovery Greens could help you elongate and enhance the feeling of runner’s high, reducing achy joints and anxiety.

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