For those of you that are not aware of this; back in 2013, Forbes revealed scientific research showing that Oreos were more addictive than Schedule 1 drugs, such as Heroin and schedule 2 drugs, such as cocaine.
“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” [neuroscientist Joseph] Schroeder said. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”
The experiment was divided into two stages. At first, scientists designed a rat maze with Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. Obviously, the rats favored the side with the Oreos. During stage two of the study, the researchers let the rats run through a maze where on one side they gave them injections of saline and on the other, there were injections of cocaine and morphine. The rats spent just as much time on the cocaine and morphine side of the maze as they did on the Oreo side in the other experiment.
The results were plain and simple; it is easier to kick a Heroin addiction than it is to stop eating one of those delicious-creamy-heavenly-sugar-bombs.
Should You Stop Eating Oreos?
Heavens no, they are delicious. But…where is the fairness, we ask?
Chocolate is more addictive than Cocaine. It has the same healing properties as marijuana, yet marijuana falls into the same category as those drugs that have a high potential for abuse.
Chocolate and Marijuana Heal
Scientific proof is mounting that both chocolate and cannabis contain healing properties. How? Well, both contain fatty acids called cannabinoids that induce a feeling of relaxation and intoxication when they strike certain receptors in the brain.
According to Dr. Gary Wenk, ” Cacao powder contains a substance called anandamide. Our brain produces the exact same chemical that neurons use to communicate with each other. Anandamide, which is Sanskrit for “internal bliss,” stimulates our brain’s marijuana receptors and can mimic the action of marijuana. Anandamide is called an endocannabinoid because it is made by our body and mimics the cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Thus, an ingredient in chocolate and an ingredient in the marijuana plant are both capable of stimulating our brain’s own marijuana neurotransmitter system.”
In a time where the benefits of marijuana are now coming into the light, maybe it’s about time to legalize cannabis, allowing people to benefit from its healing powers. Another option is to put Oreos on the list of Schedule 1 Drugs.
Seriously.. do you see that happening?