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Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

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Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase or FAAH

Definition

Fatty acid amide hydrolase or FAAH is an enzyme that hydrolyzes bioactive amides including the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide to free arachidonic acid and ethanolamine. It is therefore viewed as an attractive drug target. FAAH was cloned in 1996 by Ben Cravatt at The Scripps Research Institute.

Cannabinoids

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