Neurotransmitters are the information molecules of the brain. They are chemical messages that go from one nerve cell to other nerve cells, muscle cells or glands. These neurotransmitters enable you to move your limbs, experience physical sensations, and feel your feelings. They regulate how your heart beats and how your brain thinks. Two of the most well-studied neurotransmitters are cannabinoids: Anandamide (AEA) and 2-AG. They interact with the other neurotransmitters as well as with our hormonal and immune systems to maintain homeostasis, or balance. This multipart series by Project CBD contributing writer Lex Pelger takes a deep dive into the amazing inner world of neurotransmitters.
PEA: Anti-Inflammatory Superstar
PEA, sometimes referred to as “the endogenous version of CBD,” is a powerhouse against inflammation and pain.
In Defense of Dopamine: An Endocannabinoid Story
Dopamine is the mother of learning – and the thrill of learning.
Taking It Slow With GABA
GABA is the brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. It’s important because too much excitement can be damaging.
Glutamate, A Love Story
Glutamate is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. When a neuron wants to signal, glutamate is the green light.