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This month - do dogs get a runners high?
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Why dogs REALLY get into a frenzy at the mention of walkies: Researchers find canines
get 'runner's high' because their brains produce chemicals found in cannabis
Study found that dogs get a 'runner's high' similar to those experienced by humans
Running creates a drug in the brain that is also found in cannabis
Dogs and humans love to run because it gives them a natural high similar to that
of cannabis, according to the University of Arizona.
Researchers wanted to see why some animals evolved to be better at running, such
as humans and dogs, while others, including ferrets, aren't.
Their findings suggests that this may be because after running, the levels of endocannabinoids
- chemicals found in marijuana that give you a feeling of euphoria - are higher in
human's and dogs and this encourages them to run again.
Anthropologist David A. Raichlen from the University of Arizona lead the research.
He said: 'Maybe runner’s high is not some peculiar thing with humans.
Maybe it’s an evolutionary payoff for doing something hard and painful that also
helps them survive better, be healthier, hunt better or have more offspring.'
Raichlen continued that as we evolved, we continued to run because our brains became
hard-wired to like it.