By LeeWEpstein

October 29, 2018

cannabis and chocolate have little in common. 

A study published in the 1990s shows that chocolate has similar chemical compounds to cannabis. In fact, it is believed to contain lipids chemically similar to anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter found in the human body. The study suggests that these chocolate compounds act on the same receptors as cannabis and that chocolate will react to the brain in the same way as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Even though anandamide is present in small amounts in cocoa, it is easier to understand why some people feel good about eating chocolate. 

The chocolate and cannabis mixture

Claire McKenzie, manager of the E’Clair chocolate factory in Seattle, where she sells cannabis and chocolate truffles, explains: “There is a parallel between chocolate and cannabis. Cocoa is a plant, just like cannabis. When THC, anandamide, and cannabidiol (CBD) interact together, you get a feeling of excitement and high. Since cannabis tends to increase the taste and texture of foods, the antioxidant properties and minerals of chocolate show that the only thing that can make it better is cannabis. »

Others have not been mistaken, such as the chocolatier Défoncé who sells magnificent chocolate bars infused with cannabis.

Did you know that? In the 17th century in Mexico, new laws had considerably reduced the availability of chocolate because religious nuns reportedly felt hysteria after eating it. At the time, many doctors had concluded that chocolate played a major role in this hysteria as well as in other societal diseases.

Love also plays an important role

This is what this 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals. This study shows that oxytocin, a chemical compound more commonly known as the “pleasure hormone”, also causes anandamide to be released. In other words, the cannabinoid system also plays a role in the sensations associated with love relationships.

Love, chocolate and THC have different effects. Nevertheless, they act in part on the same receptors in the human body and thus contribute to various feelings of euphoria.

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