The molecular structure of Anandamide
The molecular structure of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)
This cannabis sativa plant contains chemicals with properties similar to those found in the brains of all mammals
The molecular structure of 2-AG (2-arachidonolyglycerol)
Blocking a marijuana-like chemical in the brain could allow one to eat more, exercise less and not gain weight (Photo via Shutterstock)
Unless you're a rodent, it's probably too early to get excited about the possibility of being able to eat all you want, be a couch potato and still not gain weight, but new research using a strain of specially-modified mice indicates that just such an unlikely scenario might one day be possible. Recently, a team of scientists from UC Irvine (UCI), Yale and Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, Italy discovered they could bring this metabolic miracle about in the lab by blocking the actions of a marijuana-like compound that regulates energy metabolism.
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