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It’s Not Just The Runner’s High That Makes You Feel Good

Natural High

You’ve likely heard of endorphins (chemicals released by the pituitary gland during exercise), but there’s another reason you might be feeling groovy during a workout.

Science shows that endocannabinoids, natural chemical compounds, are likely at play as well. It’s no coincidence the word sounds a lot like “cannabis,” as endocannabinoids basically work like naturally occurring THC. When you run, the amount of this very legal “drug” increases in the bloodstream, reducing feelings of physical stress. Good news for early exercisers: The levels in the body are about three times higher when you first wake up.

Team WR

Team WR

Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and womensrunning.com. The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.