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Can Chocolate Actually Help Anxiety or Depression? The Marijuana Factor!

How could Marijuana have anything to do with Chocolate? Unless Ol’ Betsy got into the farmer’s private stash.  Now that is a grass-fed cow. Then, how does Marijuana THC get into Chocolate?

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Chocolate Myth | Old Cartoon |Marijuana Chocolate| Chocolate Mood

The short answer, Marijuana (THC) would have to be an added ingredient.  But there is something in Chocolate that is connected to THC–it’s called a cannabinoid.  (Now this is cool, you have to keep reading.)

In the book, Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition by Carol Ann Rinzler says there’s a cannabinoid in Chocolate.

Anandamide is a cannabinoid, a chemical that hooks up to the same brain receptors that catch similar ingredients in marijuana smoke. Your brain produces some anandamide naturally, but you also get very small amounts of the chemical from cocoa bean products — chocolate.  ~ Nutrition For Dummies (1)

You would/may assume having the effect of marijuana may reveal why aforementioned sweet tasty treat is so popular.

Rinzler also points out “You’d have to eat at least 25 pounds of chocolate at one time to get any marijuana-like effect.(1)  That is ALOT of chocolate! 

There are other feel-good factors of Chocolate…being high in caffeine and theobromine and as a cannabinoid anandamide seem to be contributors to chocolate’s appeal.

Fox News did a great article I wanted to share some of it, till I read its permission.  They ask “no material may be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.” So, I Googled the author.

DIG DEEPER: See reference below for a link to FOX NEWS HEALTH ARTICLE

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, and educator. The founder of Medicine Hunter Inc. (2) 

Chocolate alters mental state in pleasurable ways. Anandamide a cannabinoid, a member of the same psychoactive substances found in cannabis. Anandamide binds to the same receptor sites in the brain as THC. And its effect? Anandamide produces a global feeling of euphoria. This compound may account for why some people become euphoric when they eat chocolate. The brain is a deep and mysterious organ, whose dark folds and gray crenellations are barely understood. But tickle the right neurons, and all heaven breaks loose. – Psyche Delicacies, By Chris Kilham (2) 

I was amazed to learn that Cannabinoids are only found in our brain and in chocolate.  I’m going to have to do more research about that… what about our MOOD?

Chocolate Myth | Old Cartoon |Marijuana Chocolate| Chocolate Mood

Dig Deeper:

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Reference
(1)Carol Ann Rinzler (2010). Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition. For Dummies. Retrieved on April 20, 2018, from http://www.dummies.com/health/nutrition/anandamide-chocolate-affects-mood/

(2) Chris Kilham. (2001) Food Of The Gods. Psyche Delicacies. Retrieved on April 20, 2018,              http://www.medicinehunter.com/about-medicine-hunter-inc/

NOT QUOTED: Chris Kilham. (2011). Chocolate: The Love Drug . . .And Why It’s Good for You. FOX NEWS HEALTH ARTICLE. Retrieved on April 20, 2018, from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/02/07/chocolate-love-drug-good.html

 

Can Chocolate Actually Help Anxiety or Depression? The Marijuana Factor!

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2018). Can Chocolate Actually Help Anxiety or Depression? The Marijuana Factor!. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 18, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/04/chocolate-marijuana-factor/

 

Last updated: 20 Apr 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Apr 2018
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