Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) Cannabinoid Research

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CannaKeys has 278 studies associated with Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH).

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Overview - Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH)

Description of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH)

This naturally occurring enzyme is one of the primary compounds responsible for metabolizing (break down) bioactive fatty acid amides such as the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) to their corresponding acids, thus terminating the signaling functions of these molecules.

To demonstrate the effects of FAAH let us look at what happens when FAAH ceases to function: An international team of researchers present a curious case study (A. Habib et al., 2019) i.e., of a 60-year-old woman who felt little or no pain (even when injured by burns or cuts), experienced rapid wound healing, and felt no anxiety or depression in all her life. Subsequent test revealed the patient lacked the gene to produce the enzyme FAAH and as a result presented with significantly higher levels of AEA (and related fatty-acid amides such as palmitoylethanolamide and oleoylethanolamine) presumed responsible for her odd presentations. This case and the primary studies presented in the CK database describe the scientific context of the role that FAAH, and by extension AEA (and similar compounds), play in the experience of pain, anxiety, and depression for example. For instance, results from a a double-blind, randomized clinical trial demonstrated that CBD inhibits FAAH activity which in turn was associated with a significant clinical improvement in the participating psychiatric patients (F. Leweke et al., 2012).

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Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase

Fatty-acid amide hydrolase

Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) Properties and Effects

Inhibition of FAAH is associated with: 

  • Analgesia

  • Mood improving effects (F. Leweke et al., 2012)

  • Anti-inflammatory effects

Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) Receptor Binding

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