Chocolate Tastes Great, But Can It Amplify Your High?

We all know that Toll House cookies and lava cake and handmade truffles taste extra-magically delicious when you're slightly baked yourself.

Less-known, however, is that eating chocolate while you get high might actually intensify the effects of marijuana.

While it sounds like the stuff of urban legend, a series of studies conducted in the nineties by Daniele Piomelli of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego found chocolate contains several anandamide-like substances. Piomelli said that anandamide, which is naturally produced by the human brain, "plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility." It also closely mimics the process by which a cannabis high is produced, since THC works by locking onto the anandamide receptors in the brain.

According to Piomelli's study, the sensual pleasure we get from eating chocolate comes from anandamide, although "we are talking about something much, much, much, much milder than a high", he tells Science News.

The correlation between the way chocolate and THC act on the brain has led certain (read: pro-marijuana) sources to conclude that combining the two could produce an effect greater than the sum of its parts. As Ed Rosenthal once wrote in Cannabis Culture, "it is probable that chocolate intensifies and prolongs the high produced by cannabinoids."

Piomelli, however, is less certain, admitting to Science News that "we really don't know what anandamide does in the brain."

But whether or not eating chocolate actually boosts your high to any appreciable degree, we can all agree on one thing: a chocolate chaser after a nice session is pretty blissful.

To maximize the chocolate-and-cannabis experience, consult this handy guide from Leafly, which offers detailed recommendations what type of chocolate goes best with which strains: White Chocolate with Super Lemon Haze, for example, Milk Chocolate and Marionberry Kush.

h/t Leafly, Cannabis Culture, Science News.

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