The Bliss Molecule and Phyllanthus niruri Tea

The Bliss Molecule and Phyllanthus niruri tea from Linden Botanicals

Your body naturally produces a “bliss molecule” (anandamide). Phyllanthus niruri makes more anandamide available to your body for longer periods of time.


By now, you know that we love our Phyllanthus niruri looseleaf herbal tea. We’ve written about the elegance of the plant’s methods of action. We’ve talked about the fact that it’s a supreme modulator – an adaptogen that can help balance multiple body systems. We’ve addressed how supports kidney health (and kidney stone elimination), and it supports and modulates immune system health.

Our customers often write us to ask if Phyllanthus niruri contains caffeine. They ask because drinking Phyllanthus niruri tea can give you something akin to an energy and mood boost — a stimulating effect like a coffee buzz, minus the jitters.

The truth is that Phyllanthus niruri doesn’t contain caffeine or any other stimulants. However, there’s a very good reason you may feel a lift after drinking Phyllanthus niruri tea.

To explain this stimulating effect, I’ll need to talk about anandamide (pronounced uh-nan-duh-mide). The name comes from the Sanskrit word ananda, meaning “joy, delight, and internal bliss.” Anandamide, often called the “bliss molecule,” plays a role as a marijuana-like substance self-delivered by the brain. Understanding the science behind the bliss molecule will help to explain why Phyllanthus niruri may be the healthiest tea in the world.

Anandamide, the Bliss Molecule

Anandamide is often abbreviated as AEA and is popularly referred to as the “bliss molecule.” It’s an endogenous cannabinoid molecule involved in regulating the endocannabinoid system, which is possibly the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Cannabinoids promote homeostasis, or maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. As such, cannabinoids play a key role in helping the body regulate functions ranging from appetite, sleep, mood regulation, neuroprotection, and immune response.

AEA binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. High levels of anandamide are a catalyst for both mood enhancement and decreased fear and anxiety during times of perceived threat. Increased levels of anandamide have been found in the bloodstream of people who have just completed rigorous exercise, giving credence to the theory of a “runner’s high.” Research also confirms a link between oxytocin – dubbed the “love hormone” – and anandamide.

The Bliss Molecule and Phyllanthus niruri

Before I go on, let me clarify that Phyllanthus niruri does not contain anandamide. It’s also not a precursor, meaning it’s not a compound that participates in a chemical reaction that produces another compound.

But here’s the thing, anandamide is a fragile molecule. It doesn’t stick around in the body for long because the endocannabinoid system recycles it very quickly via enzyme reduction. Said another way, the body makes anandamide, and the body also rapidly metabolizes it, or breaks it down. The interesting point here is that the effects of high levels of anandamide can be achieved by blocking the enzyme fatty acid amidohydrolase (FAAH), which metabolizes anandamide.

Guess what turns out to be an FAAH inhibitor? That’s right, Phyllanthus niruri contains a molecule that blocks the metabolism of anandamide. In other words, Phyllanthus niruri allows the effects of the anandamide bliss molecule to linger in your body for longer periods of time.

More bliss. That’s exactly what many of us need right about now.

Learn More About Phyllanthus niruri

Drink your Phyllanthus niruri loose-leaf herbal tea and get your all-natural bliss on. To learn more about Phyllanthus niruri, a good place to start is with our Phyllanthus FAQ. We also sell Phyllanthus looseleaf herbal tea, powder, and extract in our online store.

And if you’ve never shopped at Linden Botanicals before, we encourage you to sign up today to get 10% off your first order, along with weekly deals on our healthy herbal teas and extracts.

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