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≥97.0% (TLC), oil

Anandamide, AEA, Anandamide (20:4, n-6), Arachidonic acid N-(hydroxyethyl)amide
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Quality Level


≥97.0% (TLC)



drug control

regulated under CDSA - not available from Sigma-Aldrich Canada


colorless to light yellow


ethanol: soluble


0.92 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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dry ice

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Gene Information

rat ... Cnr1(25248)

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5, 25 mg in ampule

Biochem/physiol Actions

An arachidonic acid derivative that is an endogenous ligand for the CB cannabinoid receptor and for the VR1 vanilloid receptor. Inhibits calcium currents in neuroblastomas and neurons. Activates the MAP kinase signaling pathway. Inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis of lymphocytes and human breast cancer cells.


Protect from light and moisture.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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  5. How to dissolve Product A0580, Arachidonylethanolamide?

    Arachidonylethanolamide (also known as anandamide) is soluble in ethanol (100 mM) and in DMSO (10 mg/ml) and is poorly soluble in water.  Hydroxypropyl -β cyclodextran has been reported to increase the aqueous solubility and stability of anandamide. Jarho, P. et al., Life Sciences, 58, 181 (1996).

  6. Can solutions of Product A0580, Arachidonylethanolamide, be stored?

    Sigma has not evaluated the solution stability of this product.  Solutions in ethanol, stored under argon at -20°C, have been reported (see Schuel, H.. et al., Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., USA, 91, 7678-7682 (1994) and Spivak, C.E., Mol. Pharmacol., 72, 1024-1032 (2007)).  If solutions are to be stored, it would be best to use a degassed solvent or solvent purged with argon. Store solutions under argon in the freezer, at -20°C or colder.  Store solutions protected from light and oxygen to prevent the oxidation of the double bonds.   

  7. Is Product A0580, Arachidonylethanolamide, a solution?

    No, the product is naturally an oily liquid. An approximate molarity for the liquid is 2.6 M (based on a molecular weight of 347.5 g/mole and an approximate density of 0.92 g/mL at 25°C).

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Swanson's literature-based discovery focus on resurrecting previously published but neglected knowledge. In this study, we propose a two-step model of the discovery process and generate a hypothesis between anandamide and gastric cancer. Further, the potential relationship was confirmed by follow-up
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