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Cacao - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist — LiveJournal

I hate that I like Andy Warhol. But that's ok because I'm arrogant.
Interesting thing learned today:
Chocolate contains small quantities of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid found in the brain. Sceptics claim one would need to consume several pounds of chocolate to gain any very noticeable psychoactive effects; and eat a lot more to get fully stoned. Yet it's worth noting that N-oleolethanolamine and N-linoleoylethanolamine, two structural cousins of anandamide present in chocolate, both inhibit the metabolism of anandamide. It has been speculated that they promote and prolong the feeling of well-being induced by anandamide.

Perhaps chocolate's key ingredient is its phenylethylamine (PEA) "love-chemical". Yet the role of the "chocolate amphetamine" is disputed. Most if not all chocolate-derived phenylethylamine is metabolised before it reaches the CNS. Some people may be sensitive to its effects in very small quantities.

Phenylethylamine is itself a naturally occurring trace amine in the brain. Phenylethylamine releases dopamine in the mesolimbic pleasure-centres; it peaks during orgasm. Taken in unnaturally high doses, phenylethylamine can produce stereotyped behaviour more prominently even than amphetamine. Phenylethylamine has distinct binding sites but no specific neurons. It helps mediate feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness, apprehension and euphoria. One of its metabolites is unusually high in subjects with paranoid schizophrenia.

There is even a phenylethylamine theory of depression. Monoamine oxidase type-b has been described as phenylethylaminase; and taking a selective MAO-b inhibitor, such as selegiline (l-deprenyl, Eldepryl) or rasagiline (Agilect) can accentuate chocolate's effects. Some subjects report that bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) reduces their chocolate-cravings; but other chocoholics dispute this.
I was going to write an entry about metaphysics, my association to the Greenman, and my libido but I decided against. It's not that I'm sick of talking of my cock (though I am) it's that ain't gonna reduce any wants. So instead, I read about chocolate because that is supposedly better than sex.

I think my jury is hung....

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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: May 30th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. Bad pun!!

Between you and Sev, Aetrix and I may soon go bonkers...
abmann From: abmann Date: May 30th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Puns are GOOD.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: May 30th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
not when they hurt!
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: May 30th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

chocolate identity




....annan dumide....
abmann From: abmann Date: May 30th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: chocolate identity

aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: May 30th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wanna borrow PIHKAL? It describes the process of synthesizing and taking PEA.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 30th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd prefer not to make my own drugs just yet, thanks.
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