Common Sense

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. -Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Common Sense, 1776

Friday, March 12, 2010

New drug treatment for cannabinoid addicts

. . . Sweet, fatty foods like chocolate can trigger an addiction in vulnerable people, rewarding them for ingesting such goodies with the release of pleasure inducing opiates in the brain, studies have indicated --Science News, June 17, 1995, p. 374.

Now, pharmacologists at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego report finding that chocolate contains not only its own cannabinoid--a compound that resembles the ingredient in marijuana (cannabis) that induces euphoria--but also a pair of related chemicals that could prolong any pleasurable sensations elicited by a cannabinoid. --Science News, October 12, 1996, p.235.
I guess we'd better get ready to spend a lot more money for prisons, etc. -- the average American eats more than eleven pounds of chocolate every year!!  --THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE, Number 18, November 15, 1996., Please Protect Me --- From Myself!, By L. Reichard White

But now there's help!
Help for chocoholics: New chocolate inhaler will fool your brain into thinking it has eaten chocolate and reduce your chocolate cravings without the calories. --CNBC, March 12, 2010, 06:42:36

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