A major endocannabinoid, or cannabinoid produced in the body, which acts as a messenger in the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are able to activate cannabinoid receptors such as CB1 and CB2 receptors to modulate a number of different functions in the body to help maintain homeostasis. Anandamide, scientifically known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine, comes from the Sanskrit word, “ananda,” meaning “joy,” and is sometimes referred to as the “bliss molecule.”