[RUNNER’S HIGH: WHAT REALLY CAUSES THE HIGH???] 🚶🏽♀️🚶🏽♂️🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♂️🔋🔑🌅🌇🌤☀️
🇨🇦 Happy Weed Legalization Day Canada! It’s been quite the buzz all day today on the radio, amongst patients at the clinic who had varying views and safe to say all over Canada. So today, I chose to go back to a post I made a while ago which spoke of the interconnectedness between “Runner’s High” via ENDOCANNABINOIDS - a naturally produced agent in your body that acts the same way as THC does in marijuana.
😄 Happiness, calmness and reduced pain - all feelings I would attribute to describe a “runner’s high”. Since the 1980s, the runner’s high was thought to be caused by chemicals called endorphins. The basic idea of exercise = endorphins and endorphins = happy. However, new research has started to reveal that endorphins is not all there is to this picture. The missing link? ENDOCANNABINOIDS; a group of chemicals in your body that act like the compounds in marijuana that cause a high.
🤷🏽♀️ How is this runners high feeling possible? Endorphins bind to what is known as opioid receptors/neurons throughout your body that affect other chemical signaling that your brain interprets as pain. Because these endorphins can cause pain relief in your muscle, they were once thought to cause this runner’s high feeling. But here’s the problem: endorphins are too big to pass though the blood-brain barrier; a highly selective membrane that protects your brain from potentially harmful stuff in your blood stream. So, that eliminates the idea that endorphins are the sole cause of the general feelings of happiness that come with runner’s high because they are not directly interacting with the brain cells. The possible answer? ENDOCANNABINOIDS. These agents interact with the same systems in your brain as the THC in marijuana does, but the body produces them naturally. They’re involved in things like soothing anxiety and reducing pain sensitivity.
👉🏽Swipe right to find out some ground breaking research done in this link to figure out the mysteries of the “runner’s high”.