The Chemistry of Adrenaline


Adrenaline is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream and increases your heart rate, blood pressure, and your energy source. It is released when your body is an excited, stressful, and emergency situations. I chose to do adrenaline because I love adrenaline myself I love feel that rush in my boy and to feel my heart pump faster. My life is affected by adrenaline a lot because i love heights and i love to live life on edge.

Composition of ...

    • Fright/Flight
    • Adrenal Glands
    • Glucose
    • Hydrogen
    • Oxygen
    • Nitrogen
  • Carbon

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

Main Chemicals, Components and Compound Of Adrenaline

    1. Fright/Flight Response
    2. Adrenal Glands
    • How: The flight and fight response only happens when your body is in stressful/emergency situations. Without this response adrenaline would never get released into your bloodstream. Adrenal Glands on the other hand is where adrenaline is produced and released from
    • What: Your brain sends a message to the rest of your body and tells your body how to react to a certain situation.
    • When: Only during Stressful and Emergency Situations when your body is under pressure you get an adrenaline rush.
    • Why: Your heart rate and blood pressure are increased.
    • Where: Fight or Flight is just a response that your brain send through the rest of your body. Adrenal Glands is right on top of your kidneys and is is triggered when your body is in a stressful/emergency situation.

Chemistry's Role

Chemistry plays a big role in adrenaline. There's different chemicals involved on how it increases your blood pressure and heart rate. It can not be made in the lab and can not be man made.

Background Research

    • What is it?..... Adrenaline is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream during stressful/emergency situations.
    • What is it made of?.....
    • What chemicals are in it?....... Adrenaline includes 9 Carbon 13 Hydrogen 3 nitrogen and 3 oxygen
  • What are the chemical reactions involved or needed? releases large amounts of glucose from your muscles and liver, creates a burst of energy


Adrenaline is only released when your body feels anxiety, fear, excitement and during exercise

It is released and stored in and from the adrenal gland

Adrenaline increases your heart rate,heart contractions, blood pressure, and energy supplies

Epinephrine is another name for adrenaline.

Is a hormone and neurotransmitter

Adrenaline makes the forces in the contractions that the heart has

Also known as a stress hormone.

If you have too much adrenaline getting released into your bloodstream there is a possible chance that you can have a tumor of the adrenal medulla.

your heart rate and heart contractions

adrenergic a receptors in your heart cells

receptors pass the flight or fright and process into a G-protein

relaxation of your muscles cells

Your blood pressure

2 ways your blood pressure can increase from adrenaline

adrenal glands have tumors or damaged they release too much adrenaline into your bloodstream

~ symptoms are migraine, weight loss, or serious problems

simply during stress/emergency situations can put your blood pressure through the sky

About the Author

Selena Nava is a senior at Billings Senior High School. She enjoys to play sports, heights, spend time with family, and learning about the medicine and the body. She will graduate and will study the body at MSU-Billings in the fall. She chose to do her project on adrenaline because she loves adrenaline rushes. Selena, oftens gets them when she is running, has to get her blood drawn, from heights, and anytime she sees needles.