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Runner’s High, Exerciser’s Brain

Science of the runner’s high and rats on running wheels in the New York Times:

As the name suggests, endocannabinoids are chemicals that, like cannabis in marijuana, alter and lighten moods. But the body produces endocannabinoids naturally. In other studies, endocannabinoid levels have been shown to increase after prolonged running and cycling, leading many scientists to conclude that endocannabinoids help to create runner’s high.

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW