‘Hug hormone’ boosts social interactions like marijuana


Displays at Shango Cannabis shop on first day of legal recreational marijuana sales beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon October 1, 2015. Reuters/Steve Dipaola

Displays at Shango Cannabis shop on first day of legal recreational marijuana sales beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon October 1, 2015. Reuters/Steve Dipaola

Scientists have discovered the link between the so-called hug or cuddle hormone, oxytocin, and the effect of weed on human behaviour that boosts bonding. A new study suggests that oxytocin could make social interactions more rewarding and pleasurable by activating the body’s cannabinoid system. The body also produces another molecule that works like the anandamide known as the endocannabinoids. These molecules act the same way as cannabis, the researchers said in the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Editor’s Note:  This article is not directly discussing marijuana, but does give a good explanation of how the cannabinoid and endocannabinoid systems work, and that the body naturally produces substances that act the same way as cannabis does in the body.

Source: ‘Hug hormone’ boosts social interactions like marijuana: Study |  International Business Times

 

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