Getting High on (Endo)cannabinoids

In discussions of runner's high, endorphins (basically the body's version of morphine) usually get most of the credit. Lately, though, there's been more research on the less-studied role of endocannabinoids (basically the body's version of cannabis, only discovered in the 1980s) as a contributor. Along those lines, there's a new study in the July issue of the European Journal of Applied Physiology which looks the response of the endocannabinoid system to exercise stress. The study used Italian mountain climbers from the South Tyrolean Mountain Rescue team as volunteers. There were three groups: one group went for a hilly 4-hour hike at low altitude; the second group went for a hilly 4-hour hike that ascended to high altitude (3,196 m), where they spent the night; the third group simply took a helicopter to high altitude and spent the night there. Here's a graphic of the st...

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