Keep Running Strong

Yet another reason for people to run, an NPR reporter delves into the mysterious after effects a person feels after running long distances.

“When people exercise aerobically, their bodies can actually make drugs — cannabinoids, the same kind of chemicals in marijuana,” Christopher Joyce, a reporter for National Public Radio, said.

You can listen to or read about the story here.

I knew running made me feel good, but I didn’t know I was producing pharmaceuticals and getting high. Now, if only I could find a way to extract it from my body and profit from it.

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  1. Forgive me for disagreeing, but running does not produce cannabinoids, they are makin the link to use later in the attempt to legalize pot.

    The argument will go, “it’s no more dangerous than running, how can you deny pot heads their high? It’s inhuman!

    They’re floating this story to see how the how democrats will react to such a stupid notion… If few enough people holler BS, they’ll let the story waft away like an obnoxious fart… If enough say, “hey, it makes sense”, they’ll advance it further… Of course “they” (as in who is they anyway) are hoping to God that you don’t read through the study so you can see for yourself just how stupid the notion really is.

    Endorphins set of dopamine receptors, which I’m guessing they’re hijacking by calling that process “cannabinoids”.

    Don’t take my word for it, check it out.

    • I think the original article was probably talking about endocannabinoids rather than cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids occur naturally in the human body and are molecularly extremely similar to cannabinoids.

      Up until the last decade or so, endorphins were given most of the credit for producing “runner’s high”. Now studies suggest the endocannabinoid system has a large role in producing the buzz you get after longer runs.

      Again, I think the original article on NPR meant endocannabinoid rather that cannabinoid. I could be wrong, but if you google endocannabinoid, there are plenty of scholarly articles, including the abstract from the original 2003 study, about endocannabinoids and runner’s high.

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