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Oleic acid amide
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EC Number
  • 206-103-9
  • InChI=1S/C18H35NO/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18(19)20/h9-10H,2-8,11-17H2,1H3,(H2,19,20)/b10-9- checkY
  • InChI=1/C18H35NO/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18(19)20/h9-10H,2-8,11-17H2,1H3,(H2,19,20)/b10-9-
Molar mass 281.484 g·mol−1
Appearance Creamy solid[1]
Density 0.879 g/cm3
Melting point 70 °C (158 °F; 343 K)<[2]
Boiling point > 200 °C (392 °F; 473 K)[1]
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
NFPA 704 four-colored diamondHealth 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g. turpentineFlammability 0: Will not burn. E.g. waterInstability 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogenSpecial hazards (white): no code
Flash point > 200 °C (392 °F; 473 K)[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Oleamide is an organic compound with the formula CH3(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)7CONH2.[3] It is the amide derived from the fatty acid oleic acid. It is a colorless waxy solid and occurs in nature. Sometimes labeled as a fatty acid primary amide (FAPA), it is biosynthesized from N-oleoylglycine.[4]

Biochemical and medical aspects


In terms of natural occurrence, oleamide was first detected in human plasma. It was later shown to accumulate in the cerebrospinal fluid during sleep deprivation and induces sleep in animals.[4][5]

It has been considered as a treatment for mood and sleep disorders, as well as cannabinoid-regulated depression.[6][7]

In terms of its sleep inducing effects, it is speculated that oleamide interacts with multiple neurotransmitter systems.[8][9] Some in-vitro studies show that cis-oleamide is an agonist for the cannabinoid receptor CB-1 with an affinity around 8 micromolar.[10] However, given oleamide's relatively low affinity for CB-1 and uncertainty about the concentration and biological role of oleamide in-vivo, it has been argued that it is premature to classify oleamide as an endocannabinoid.[11] At larger doses oleamide can lower the body temperature of mice by about 2 degrees, with the effect lasting about two hours.[9] The mechanism for this remains unknown.[9]

Oleamide has been found to enhance PPARα-dependent increase in doublecortin, a marker of neurogenesis in the hippocampus[12]

Oleamide is rapidly metabolized by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the same enzyme that metabolizes anandamide.[13] It has been postulated that some effects of oleamide are caused by increased concentrations of anandamide brought about through the inhibition of FAAH.[9]

It has been claimed that oleamide increases the activity of choline acetyltransferase, an enzyme that is critical in the production of acetylcholine.[14]

Other occurrences


Oleamide has been found in Ziziphus jujuba, also known as Jujube fruit.[14]

Synthetic oleamide has a variety of industrial uses, including as a lubricant.[15]

Oleamide was found to be leaching out of polypropylene plastics in laboratory experiments, affecting experimental results.[16] Since polypropylene is used in a wide number of food containers such as those for yogurt, the problem is being studied.[17]

Oleamide is "one of the most frequent non-cannabinoid ingredients associated with Spice products."[18] Analysis of 44 products synthetic cannabinoid revealed oleamide in 7 of the products tested.[19]

See also



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  2. ^ "(9Z)-9-Octadecenamide | C18H35NO | ChemSpider".
  3. ^ "Oleamide".
  4. ^ a b McKinney, Michele K.; Cravatt, Benjamin F. (June 2005). "Structure and Function of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase". Annual Review of Biochemistry. 74 (1): 411–432. doi:10.1146/annurev.biochem.74.082803.133450. PMID 15952893. S2CID 23571858.
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  6. ^ Methods of treating anxiety and mood disorders with oleamide – US Patent 6359010 Archived 2011-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Mechoulam, Raphael; Fride, Ester; Hanu, Lumir; Sheskin, Tzviel; Bisogno, Tiziana; Di Marzo, Vincenzo; Bayewitch, Michael; Vogel, Zvi (September 1997). "Anandamide may mediate sleep induction". Nature. 389 (6646): 25–26. Bibcode:1997Natur.389R..25M. doi:10.1038/37891. PMID 9288961. S2CID 26371103.
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  12. ^ Roy, Avik; Kundu, Madhuchhanda; Chakrabarti, Sudipta; Patel, Dhruv R; Pahan, Kalipada (December 2021). "Oleamide, a Sleep-Inducing Supplement, Upregulates Doublecortin in Hippocampal Progenitor Cells via PPARα". J Alzheimers Dis. 84 (4): 1747–1762. doi:10.3233/JAD-215124. PMC 10075226. PMID 34744082.
  13. ^ Maurelli, Stefano; Bisogno, Tiziana; De Petrocellis, Luciano; Di Luccia, Aldo; Marino, Gennaro; Di Marzo, Vincenzo (11 December 1995). "Two novel classes of neuroactive fatty acid amides are substrates for mouse neuroblastoma 'anandamide amidohydrolase'". FEBS Letters. 377 (1): 82–86. Bibcode:1995FEBSL.377...82M. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(95)01311-3. PMID 8543025. S2CID 7461775.
  14. ^ a b Heo, Ho-Jin; Park, Young-June; Suh, Young-Min; Choi, Soo-Jung; Kim, Mi-Jeong; Cho, Hong-Yon; Chang, Yun-Jeong; Hong, Bumshik; Kim, Hye-Kyung; Kim, Eunki; Kim, Chang-Ju; Kim, Byung-Gee; Shin, Dong-Hoon (January 2003). "Effects of Oleamide on Choline Acetyltransferase and Cognitive Activities". Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 67 (6): 1284–1291. doi:10.1271/bbb.67.1284. PMID 12843655.
  15. ^ Surfactants : Westco Oleamide a Slip Agent In Polyethylene Films Archived January 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ McDonald, G. R.; Hudson, A. L.; Dunn, S. M. J.; You, H.; Baker, G. B.; Whittal, R. M.; Martin, J. W.; Jha, A.; Edmondson, D. E.; Holt, A. (7 November 2008). "Bioactive Contaminants Leach from Disposable Laboratory Plasticware". Science. 322 (5903): 917. Bibcode:2008Sci...322..917M. doi:10.1126/science.1162395. PMID 18988846. S2CID 35526901.
  17. ^ Mittelstaedt, Martin (6 November 2008). "Researchers Raise Alarm After Chemical Leak Found In Common Plastic". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  18. ^ Fattore, Liana; Fratta, Walter (21 September 2011). "Beyond THC: The New Generation of Cannabinoid Designer Drugs". Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 5: 60. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2011.00060. PMC 3187647. PMID 22007163.
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