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May 24, 2017

10 Tips to Boost Your Serotonin

By Mark Sisson
208 Comments

Schiefertafel mit der chemischen Formel von SerotoninSerotonin is a major regulator of mood and depression risk. These are important, vital roles, to be sure. Your mood describes how you experience and interpret the world. If it’s consistently bad, you’regoing to have a rough time. Yet, serotonin is much more than the “feel-good hormone.” It also influences sexual desire and helps us remember. It’s the precursor to melatonin, the neurotransmitter that allows us to sleep.

Although we mainly think of serotonin as a neurotransmitter acting on the brain, our guts are the biggest producers of serotonin. About 90% of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut, where it helps trigger the contractions that push food through the GI tract and initiates nausea and vomiting (when necessary). That’s not the focus of today’s post on brain serotonin boosters, but I thought you’d all find it interesting.

Okay, so how can someone with inadequate serotonin levels boost the available serotonin in their brains?

Eat Animal Protein

We often forget that “thoughts” and “feelings” aren’t just ephemera floating around inside our heads without a material representative. Every thought, feeling, emotion, or mood we experience is a physical thing made of matter. We don’t just “feel better.” To feel better, we manufacture serotonin using an amino acid called tryptophan as the precursor.

Whether it’s turkey, eggs, dairy, beef, lamb, chicken, or fish, animal protein is a reliable source of tryptophan. Studies show that whey protein and egg protein both acutely increase tryptophan availability in the brain.

Get Plenty of Natural Light

Sunlight is a direct trigger of serotonin synthesis. The brighter the sunlight, the higher the serotonin production. This may explain seasonal affective disorder, where depression spikes during colder, darker months. It may also explain why sun exposure increases cognitive function in both depressed and healthy subjects, or why bright light exposure prevents bad moods after tryptophan depletion.

Bright light doesn’t imply full blaring sunlight. Going outside on a cloudy, late autumn day will expose you to far more bright, natural light than you’ll experience sitting inside with the lights on. I’d guess the main reason winter is worse for serotonin is that people are less likely to go outside and brave the bad weather.

Get your light as early as possible. A 10-15 minute walk just after sunrise (no sunglasses; bathe in the light) sets the tone for the day.

Get Your Vitamin D

Vitamin D—which we synthesize from UVB exposure—allows the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin

I recommend getting most of your vitamin D from the sun. It’s better regulated that way, and you get the added benefit of lots of natural light. If you need or want to supplement (probably a good idea for most people during the colder seasons when sun exposure is low), look for a high potency formula. Here’s what I take.

Eat Seafood

Not only does seafood provide ample amounts of the amino acid tryptophan, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in marine fat increase serotonin production in the brain and improve serotonin transport across neurons.

You might take cod liver oil or eat the actual livers, as that provides both vitamin D (for increased tryptophan conversion) and long-chain omega-3s. However, a good daily dose of omega-3 supplementation through high potency, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil works fine, too, for those who get ample vitamin D otherwise.

Don’t Avoid Carbs Entirely

Carbs spike insulin, which shuttles amino acids out of the blood and into cells. This leaves tryptophan as the dominant amino acid in the bloodstream, because it’s bound to albumin and inaccessible to insulin. When amino acids compete for conversion into neurotransmitters, tryptophan wins, and serotonin rises, because no one else shows up.

Many readers of this blog prefer lower-carb diets. I’m the same. If you feel like your serotonin levels need a boost, consider increasing carb intake a little.

Eat Curry

Turmeric has emerged in recent years as a powerful antidepressant, in many cases equalling or even surpassing the effects of prescription antidepressants. Turns out that turmeric (or curcumin, rather) increases brain serotonin levels in a dose-dependent matter.

So maybe you need curcumin, the isolated polyphenol found in turmeric, to really affect depression. Maybe your chicken tikka masala isn’t replacing your SSRI. But absent outright depression or serotonin-based mood disorders, cooking with turmeric should help regulate normal serotonin levels.

Move

Exercise increases serotonin via two pathways. First, the activation of motor neurons increases the firing rate of serotonin neurons, thus boosting the synthesis and release of serotonin. Second, exercise consistently elevates tryptophan levels in the brain, even for hours after the session.

Drink Coffee

Generic alternative health gurus will tell you caffeine depletes serotonin. It sounds right, doesn’t it? What they won’t say is that caffeine has actually been shown to increase brain serotonin, at least in rats.  It also makes the brain more sensitive to the effects of serotonin. Personally, I’m drinking my coffee.

Get a Massage

Conventional experts will say “massage just feels good.” Well, yeah. That’s the point. Getting a massage boosts serotonin by 28%.

Get Your Micronutrients

This should really be standard advice for any health issue. Many problems go away when we eat more micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—because micronutrients are essential to fundamental physiological processes and pathways. It’s a safe bet that all of us are at least mildly deficient in a handful of important nutrients—like B6, which regulates serotonin synthesis.

One study found that a food-based multivitamin/multimineral supplement drink called Lavita increased tryptophan and serotonin levels in healthy subjects. While that product does purport to offer a boost in many micronutrients, a solid Primal diet with quality meats and good, varied vegetable intake should provide the same nutrient base. Of course, many of us choose a comprehensive multivitamin/multimineral supplement as well.

That’s what I have for today, folks. Thanks for stopping by. Share your thoughts and questions on the comment board, and have a good week.

This post was originally published in 2007. I’ve revised it substantially to reflect current research findings and scientific understanding. 

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faisal malik
faisal malik
9 years 7 months ago

one of the highest levels are found in walnuts…..instead of going for Prozac go for walnuts…..natural way to boost up and charge ur mood…..chao!!!

franny
franny
7 years 7 months ago

Have one child and five stepchildren..craving walnuts…I guess my body knows best!

2Rae
2Rae
29 days 2 hours ago

Going a little nuts then is a good idea for you.

Edward
Edward
6 years 21 days ago

Thanks.

Joseph
Joseph
5 years 8 months ago

There’s also a compound in Walnuts (though I don’t remember what) that actually *reverses* joint damage/deterioration! Great news for everyone, especially the overweight, runners, and those suffering from Arthritis.

Steve
Steve
4 years 3 months ago

A handful in oatmeal every morning with cinnamon after heavy weightlifting too.

Nazeer
Nazeer
5 years 2 months ago

Dear
I have found nicotin worstly effect serotonin level.In brain. Nicotin generate opposit chemicals of happy and good feel. It has to be found.By Researcher in brain chemistry whatever chemicals in brain generate nicotine for feeling bad

Viv
Viv
3 years 7 days ago

You’re absolutely wrong. Nicotine has many beneficial effects, including some therapeutic

bob
bob
2 years 10 days ago

You are right and wrong. Nicotine does have SOME beneficial effects. However they are easily out weighed with the damage that is inflicted with prolonged nicotine use.
The benefits don’t out weigh the negatives when it comes to nicotine.

b2curious
b2curious
29 days 3 minutes ago

Actually, nicotine itself is fairly benign. Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco have a bunch of other chemicals in them that are really bad for you, but nicotine itself is not the problem. Nicotine does raise the heart rate slightly, is addicting, and some researchers think that in young people, it might, possibly open them to trying harder drugs, but that’s about it. I think that with young people smoking and dipping, it’s more a symptom of the problem than the problem itself. They’re using tobacco products as a stepping stone.

Nicholle
Nicholle
17 days 3 hours ago

Nicotine is a plant alkaloid and therefore poisonous in larger (but not really big) doses. It’s in the nightshade family. It used to be used as a pesticide.

Mike
Mike
29 days 3 hours ago

Good to know! I have walnuts in my breakfast smoothie every morning.

Eric Budd
Eric Budd
27 days 23 hours ago

That is OK advice, if Serotonin is only slight low with mild dysphoria. If you have been prescribed an SSRI do NOT stop your meds and eat walnuts until you discuss it with your physician. Major Depressive Disorder is NOT something to screw around with.

Ellen Terrell
Ellen Terrell
9 years 2 months ago

Very informative article, and website. Thank you.
Myself (58) and mom (86) have had an ongoing eye issue for years that I cannot seem to get to the bottom of. I do kinesiology and have tested galore to no avail. I got into Hannah Krogers book which led me to my large intestines for myself taking a product called “circuflow” with Aloe vera. Doesn’t seem to totally cure the problem. What direction would you suggest I go?
Thank you
Ellen
yer-it@wizwire.com

Aaron B.
Aaron B.
9 years 22 days ago

Also, there’s a supplement called 5-HTP that aids in serotonin synthesis. It is marketed for those with depression or insomnia, but I have neither of those and take it regularly, and it just generally makes me feel a little better. There are no side effects, doesn’t make you loopy, and I’ve gone for period without it, but its definitely nice to have to enhance your life.

jon
jon
6 years 10 months ago

5htp is actually nearly worthless for elevating serotonin in the brain. 5htp is converted in the liver when taken as a supplement and actually just increases levels in your blood stream(very little crosses the blood-brain barrier) which can actually cause heart complications

pamela
pamela
4 years 10 months ago

It depends on dosage, condition and mostly quality. If you have a heart valve issue, no you don’t take this. It’s not a miricle – you have to eat healthy, live healthy and exercise. If you don’t have Bi-polar disorder, I highly recomend SAM-e…You may very well have heart problems to begin with. Good Luck!

Craig cousineau
Craig cousineau
4 years 1 month ago

This just sounds like your opinion. Research shows that 5-htp crosses the bbb quite well

Anton
Anton
2 years 1 month ago

It appears that 5HT doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier but 5HTP does.

http://www.serotonin-dojo.jp/pdf/articles_004.pdf

Worth doing further research…

Marko
Marko
6 years 7 months ago

I tried 5-HTP it realy helps in begining (first 3 days) but then i got contraindications and they were very bad. Caution people!

Lauren
Lauren
5 years 3 months ago

Iv’e taken 5 HTP and it seemed to work but you also have to change your diet and exercise. Also remember that everyone’s body is different so 5 HTP might not work for everyone just like certain foods people are allergic to. It’s all about finding what is right for you. 🙂

Paula
Paula
5 years 3 months ago

Think again there are some very serious side effects!! First it’s been known to cause death due to a contaminate that is associated with the stuff. It’s banned in some countries for a good reason. NO ONE ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS SHOULD EVER TAKE THIS! Also people who are diabetic should not take this “supplement”
It is well known to interact in a serious or deadly way with other medications. Look it up for yourself.

Barbara Aziz
Barbara Aziz
5 years 1 month ago

Webmd says not to use it until more is known about it. That it might be unsafe.
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-794-5-HTP.aspx?activeIngredientId=794&activeIngredientName=5-HTP

Cindy P
3 years 11 months ago

? about the 5 htp, do u think it is safe to take everyday, or everynight

Andrea
Andrea
29 days 2 hours ago
Until a month or so ago, I took 5HTP for years, daily. I even noticed that when I didn’t take it, it was difficult to sleep and I felt more anxious. Recently I read that it can cause difficulties with the heart–something about making the muscle more thick or stiff– enough to scare me. I stopped taking it. I was quite relieved that I suffered no ill effects,, and do fine without it. I think that is because my diet has improved since eating more Primal aligned (though not “perfectly” by any means). I would only use 5HTP for very… Read more »
steve
9 years 15 days ago

Good information although it is commonsense. Sometime commonsense does work

Deborah
Deborah
8 years 10 months ago

Thank you, You’ve helped

hypatia
8 years 7 months ago

Regarding #8

via WebMD

“Protein-rich foods, such as meat or chicken, contain high levels of tryptophans. Tryptophan appears in diary foods, nuts, and fowl. Ironically, however, levels of both tryptophan and serotonin drop after eating a meal packed with protein. Why? According to nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, when you eat a high-protein meal, you “flood the blood with both tryptophan and its competing amino acids,” all fighting for entry into the brain. That means only a small amount of tryptophan gets through — and serotonin levels don’t rise.”

D
D
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve read that you need to eat carbs as well to make best use of the tryptophan. A carb snack about 2hrs after the protein, will boost the following day.

Much more about serotonin increase I’ve found in this medical journal publication:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/

Friend of Critters
Friend of Critters
5 years 11 months ago
That’s a fascinating National Institute of Health article, thanks. Eating high protein foods like turkey, dairy and eggs don’t result in more seratonin, because high protein among other things, blocks the tryptophan from the brain. It reminds me of how we’re told to eat dairy for calcium, but the high protein diet leaches calcium from the bones. Greens are the best way to get calcium, We know from studying their bones, that prehistoric man got twice the calcium as modern Americans, while eating no dairy at all, they got their calcium from greens. After 36 years of a near-vegan diet,… Read more »
gary
gary
5 years 10 months ago

you should really consider changing ur eating habits.every vegan i have ever seen looked very unhealthy.and know of one person who had to be admitted into the hospital for megaloblasitc anemia.
you should try eating meat and dairy for a while i guarauntee! that you will feel,look,and be much much healthier!

Linda
Linda
5 years 7 months ago

I was wondering how you know prehistoric man ate many greens. I don’t remember much of any greens mentioned in bible other than seeds, mustard etc. I was just thinking of this awhile back, when learning our body don’t have some enzymes to break down some foods. It seems to me if we were not create with those enzymes, maybe were not made to eat them? (can’t remember right off, but was some kind of veg) just a quick thought, would like to know for sure.

Art Webb
28 days 6 hours ago

Biblical times are by definition not prehistoric times, Linda, prehistoric would be the stone age and before

Paula
Paula
5 years 3 months ago

Really? Do you mean neanderthals or our ancestors? (they aren’t the same thing)

Patty
Patty
4 years 5 months ago

I eat mostly vegetables and about 3 ozs of chicken, fish or turkey. My ph level is 7.5 or 8 most of the time. Hopefuly my bone density test comes out ok. You have good knowledge of bone growth. I’m just learning, after 20 years of fractures and lots of pain. Learning of what the osteoporosis drugs do to the body, I quit taking them. The last one, I took was Forteo. (causes bone cancer after taking it for two years) That scared me. No more of that.

Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago
Hey gary.I recommend you change your tone.There is absolutely nothing wrong with not eating dairy or meat.As a matter of fact animal based protein is known to cause many different kinds of cancer.And many many many years ago when man did not have the resources to hunt kill and cook animal to eat, they ate fresh fruit and vegatables(plant based proteins).which are very much good for you.Statistics and articles can show you the proof to that.Considering cancer rates have increased tremendously over the last several decades.Do some research before you open your mouth and try to school someone on health.Thanks… Read more »
Art Webb
28 days 6 hours ago

Actually humans pretty much always had the ‘means’ to kill large game animals, google ‘smashed in head buffalo jump’ people in other countries did the same, just ran animals off cliffs in ‘stampede’ mode
Doesn’t mean anyone HAS to eat meat / dairy thigh, just have to know how to get all 8 amminos through other sources

Lily
Lily
4 years 1 month ago
To Linda, You obviously didn’t get very far in your Bible reading… “And God went on to say: ‘Here I have given you all vegetation bearing seed which is in the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed’. To you let it serve as food.” Genesis 1:29. BTW, Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and these words were spoken to Adam, the first man. God’s permission to eat meat is not mentioned until after the flood in Noah’s day -1500 years later according to Bible chronology.… Read more »
anonymous
anonymous
29 days 4 hours ago
Meat and wine provided by a pagan king would certainly not be kosher, so Daniel and other observant Jews would be duty-bound to refuse it. Refusing royal delicacies would be a severe social offense as well as a dietary hardship. The fact that they thrived *in spite of* their vegetarian diet, is sort of a miracle. In no way does that passage endorse vegetarianism. Neither does this: “…thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat… Read more »
Time Traveler
Time Traveler
29 days 4 hours ago

Just carious how do you know that. Did you have a bone scan?

june
june
4 years 4 months ago

thanks so much for sharing this article, it is excellent and has sound info!

Alistair R
8 years 7 months ago

Hi, alcohol isn’t a stimulant.

Sara
Sara
6 years 1 month ago

I’m sure this commenter is long gone, but alcohol does have stimulant affects as it is being metabolized by the body, although it initially depresses the central nervous system. Alcohol can keep you awake and make you rise earlier than you want/need to.

paul
paul
5 years 4 months ago

its why i wake up 3 hours after i booze up and wonder why im up so early.

Deniz K
Deniz K
4 years 4 months ago

Yes ,thats true , I wake up always super early if I drink even 2-3 drinks at nite and feel very restless .

Krzysiu
4 years 2 months ago

Sleep stuff is not about stimulation but about GABA receptors triggered by alcohol – phases of sleep changes, so our sleep is short and not healthy. Alcohol stimulates CNS on the beggining, not later.

Marilyn biederstadt
Marilyn biederstadt
4 years 30 days ago

Alcohol is a depressant. It artificially anesthetizes the brain. The brain struggles to overcome this sedation so much, that u become wide awake at 3am. Been there too much!

Yaseen
Yaseen
3 years 5 months ago

Alcohol was shown to increase brain serotonin levels so in that regard it is acting as a stimulant

E
E
5 years 11 months ago

K so I stick with all these comments and get to yours and I snort laughed good stuff man! Hi lol

Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago

Are you high or something.Your whole paragraph was out of order completely.IT made no sense at all.

Lulu Kolez
5 years 4 months ago

Yes it is alcohol is a stimulant… Rum for example is pure decayed sugar and they add sometimes artifical flavors to cover the taste … I dont understand why you say alcohol is a stimulant, NEXT TIME DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU THINK SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT!!!
Sincerly,
Lulu

libby
libby
3 years 9 months ago

I hate to burst your power trip bubble, but alcohol is a depressant. Cigarettes are a stimulant…heroin is a depressant…cocaine is a stimulant. Anything that makes your heart race is a stimulant…anything that makes you drowsy is a depressant. Read a book or two and look up NIDA, FDA, and other organizations that talk about drugs, their classes and their reactions. You can also check out the DEA website and most other federal or local police information sites that will inform you before you make an arse of yourself.

G.K.
3 years 6 months ago

Gee willakers Libby, alcohol makes my heart race! What say you to that??!!

pamela
pamela
4 years 10 months ago

Actualy liquor is a stimulant, however you may be talking about wine or beer…

Anon
Anon
4 years 9 months ago

Alcohol (yes that means all forms) is a central nervous system depressant.

Dr. Henry
8 years 5 months ago

Hahaha… this is a good one, I’ll recommend this one some of my friends.

Steven
Steven
8 years 4 months ago

When did alcohol become a stimulant? Here I was thinking it was a CNS depressant.

I guess I’ll take the rest of your advice with a grain of salt too.

LadyDreamgirl
LadyDreamgirl
7 years 11 months ago

He only refers to alcohol as a stimulant in that he includes it in the ‘stimulant cycle’, which would hardly be a cycle if it didn’t contain a depressant (as in sugar, alcohol, caffine; up, down, up makes a cycle).

Matt Haydon
7 years 10 months ago

Also, since alcohol depresses a certain part of the brain and boosts inhibition, it is indeed stimulating at low doses.

Haven’t you seen rowdy drunk people ? Drunks get sedated and sleepy when they’ve had too much, but before that it’s pretty stimulating.

Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago

What the hell do you think people drink for?Stimulation….at social events.It gets people hype and it motivates them to do things, have fun.So yes it is most definitely a stimulant.Now when you get sloppy drunk the stimulation is too overwhelming and you can’t focus on any one thing.Just like if you take too much of anything.Pills.Like serotonin reuptake inhibitors.It stimulates serotonin to make you happier but if you take too much it will cause serotonin syndrome.Which is deadly.People who have no self-control know no limits.They are more likely to be the ones who overdose on stimulants like alcohol.

Sherry
Sherry
6 years 8 months ago

I agree.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
4 years 6 months ago

Oh it stimulates some things!

RunTimeErrorBoy
8 years 4 months ago
Now I am a strong advocate for the use of marijuana because it does make people happy when there is little to be happy about. But this completely falls into your segment for number 10, and I think it should be included even if you don’t agree with its use, and perhaps added to the stimulant section as well. After quitting smoking it took several days to get my emotional state back to its regular level. I had a few emotional out breaks dealing with a very tedious homework assignment that resulted in a broken piece on my desk, hah.… Read more »
Léa ROHAN
6 years 8 months ago

i used cannabis for years to cope with inner city living. when i moved to the county i stopped needing it. so i stopped smoking. stop the tobacco as well.
now i’m looking for an alternative to ritalin for my adhd son. i wonder if anyone has any info on the use of cannabis for treating adhd?
thanks.

Léa ROHAN
6 years 8 months ago

how about homeopathic doses of cannabis? interesting thought, no?

Jindrak
Jindrak
6 years 5 months ago
While I didn’t use marijuana with the desired outcome of helping alleviate the stress and frustration of adhd, I found that it happened to be a happy accident. I found that having one tiny toke helped my brain slow down enough to be able to concentrate on one task, rather than being concerned and worried about 19 other things all at the same time, which led to feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin, and eventually never getting anything done. I am now 38 and rarely smoke marijuana at all, if ever. If I do, it must be something… Read more »
Angela
Angela
3 years 11 months ago
My cousin went off his meds for ADHD at that age of 12. His parents did the research when he expressed his desire to be non drug dependent and found year long team sports were one of the effective ways to go for self treatment. He signed up for hockey as it had two seasons for children and high school levels. He had not had a issues with his ADHD since and he is now in his mid twenties. Excessive exercise is not for everyone. If you have asthma, like my girl, it is not a valuable treatment for her… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
3 years 11 months ago

My son takes Gaba. It’s not a drug and it helps him with his neurotransmitters so that he can focus and be calm. Of course his calm at 10 years old is pretty wild to an old person but it looks calm to his parents. Acts like a typical 10 y o, they all think they can fly, leap tall buildings and do anything else Superman could, of course. Might be worth a try for you to check out.

Lulu Kolez
5 years 4 months ago

I appreaxiate your “thoughts” but i personally believe people who need it medically and not people who just do marijauana for fun.BUT AI ALSO BELIEVE THAT no one should be drinking or consuming any kind of drug. these things mess u up!!!

madduck
madduck
8 years 3 months ago

marijuana is addictive! i know many people who go nuts if they cant get their regular dose!

michelle wykel
michelle wykel
7 years 10 months ago

Weed is not physically addictive.look it up. Your friends may have a mental addiction but that it.its in there minds your body does not have withdrawls from weed.

Hi there. I'm Lance
Hi there. I'm Lance
6 years 11 months ago

Hmm…. I would have to tell you, first, that any kind of drugs or drinks that can alter (raise) neurotransmittor levels, are considered addictive. If you don’t already know, the good ol’ “THC” in pot will cause your dopamine (neurotransmittor) levels and phenethylamine (neurotransmittor) levels to 4 to 5 fold, at least…. Pot, in my humble….opinion, would be considered physically(chemically)addictive.

sensical
sensical
6 years 27 days ago

No more so than chocolate.

Dasae
Dasae
4 years 5 months ago

I have done drugs people call addictive and drugs people call pot. Let’s just all agree addiction and physical dependency are two different animals ENTIRLY! There have been times I would lie to a nun for a joint, but I wouldn’t be lying to a nun with puke breath and really nasty skid marks. CHAO!

Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago
I agree.Its no more addicting than chocolate.Real cocoa is actually has many wonderful hormones in it including serotonin and dopamine.Ya know aztecs use to consume it daily and use it as a drug.They would get high off of Cocoa beans.A natural high.So, sugar doesn’t help with boosting serotonin or dopamine but real raw cocoa does.You can find it in the tropics.And apparently so does cannabis.I highly recommend it to anyone.A friend of mine has smoked it for years and he has severe adhd.It really helps him alot.He can multi-task, it calms him, makes him happy, lowers his stress level and… Read more »
Karls
Karls
5 years 11 months ago

Weed is addictive.

Mike
Mike
4 years 7 months ago
Anyone who thinks weed is no big deal because its not physically addictive needs to take a long hard look at some hardcore junkies, hit a meeting or two… Crack heads and dope fiends get locked up or institutionalized all the time, suffer the withdrawls and get released and go right back BECAUSE when it all boils down psychological addiction is all that matters. people didnt start using a substance because they were physically addicted and they wont stop just to reap the benefits of not waking up sick. You have to WANT IT and wanting something isn’t produced by… Read more »
Lauren
Lauren
4 years 7 months ago
Lol, weed smokers are a bit different than crack heads. And I agree that people who use it to cope with their emotions need to find a better way, it shouldn’t be the only solution. But are you going to say the same things about someone who smokes a joint when they get off of their 12 hour day at work? What about a couple beers? Weed being illegal distorts peoples view of how HARMLESS it is. Just seriously, look at tobacco and alcohol. I’m so tired of everyone getting so worked up about pot when the LEGAL drugs are… Read more »
Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago
You know nothing of cannabis.I myself do not smoke.Ever.i never smoke it.I have a few times in my past.I think it is completely natural to smoke or consume cannabis.i have a few family members that do but only as needed.They dont get high and lazy all day.They take a hit and pain goes away or their mood boost.It just depends on what type of marijuana you smoke.Their are so many different kinds.Marijuana is an herb.A natural herb.Just like oregano basil parsley.Lettuce.It is natural.Does not cause any health condition if consumed correctly, As goes for anything consumable. There are very many… Read more »
Tom
6 years 15 days ago
Pot is “non addictive.” Pot help me quit smoking tobacco easily. I smoke Mary Jane twice a year. If I would just have one cegarette through out the hole year, ‘I’d indeed start chain smoking. Marijuana should be sold like alcohol is sold. Scientest has proven that one glass of wing a day is healthy. Scientest also have proven that marijuna has allot of healthy value for the body. It’s proven that alcohol can cause cancer in you’re oropharynx and liver over long period of use. No research has proven that marijuana causes cancer. What I’m trying is to say… Read more »
Paula
Paula
5 years 3 months ago
Please be real. My BF smokes every day just like a tobacco smoker he lights up a couple times a day. If he is out he is just as cranky as someone who can’t get smokes. Their is addiction and then their is addiction. Anyone can become addicted to anything. I know lots of people who toke and smoke and I see no difference between them. They are both bad for human use. Hmmm.. Setting something on fire and sucking the smoke into our lungs? it is not a good thing. Exception is medical stuff for medical reasons and then… Read more »
james
james
4 years 7 months ago
Really? Really. You can get addicted to cheeseburgers, masturbation, sex, or whatever you can think of. If someone becomes addicted to something there is a deeper root problem. It could have been anything that they would have chosen as a relief to their grudge, instead your BF chose weed. So please, stop with the nonsense and really start to think. Weed has so many benefits, and it is not harmful if used correctly. Just because you don`t know enough about it does not give you right to babble and bad mouth it. Eat some mushrooms and open your mind woman.… Read more »
Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago

Anyone can become addicted to anything.IT all just depends on their personality and whether they have an addictive personality.The truth is cannabis has many benefits.Research it.For most people it is not about being high.As a matter of fact most people only take a hit for pain issues or depression or anxiety.It just depends on the person.People really need to be more open-minded.I dont smoke it but i support anyone who does for their own personal issues.Its not for anyone else to judge.

marco
marco
4 years 11 months ago

Weed is actually illegal for anything but it’s narcotic benefits. It’s the fact that it can also be used to make oil (plastics & fuel), fibre, building material and a whole heap of other uses without the need for pesticide or petro-chemicals and threatens a whole myriad industrial cartels. Check out Jack Herer’s ‘The Emporer wears no clothes’, amazing social history and inspiration for the term “Gift from the Gods”.

Angela
Angela
3 years 11 months ago
Actually it was Hearst who provided 90% of the money to ban hemp. At the time there were two forms of newspaper. Hemp and wood based paper. Hearst bought an almost monopoly share of the lumber companies in the early 1900s and then went to work using his already tried and true method of yellow journalism to pump up the prohibitionists to campaign against “that vial drug.” Only 1% of the population even knew was a drug until then. Most people used hemp products from their bathrooms to their garages every single day not even realizing it was made from… Read more »
Miha Otrob
8 years 3 months ago

Great article!

Hearing Aids
8 years 19 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers 🙂

Joe Pothead
Joe Pothead
8 years 16 days ago
Weed for happiness ? I don’t know about that. I ate psilocibyn mushrooms when I was depressed. That cured me better than anything can. I can just summon happy feelings any time of day I want and bam. Like getting a shot with a vial of happy juice – if such existed. Marijuana can cause mood swings this is true. It is addictive but this is because it is so good. Imagine you were having sex with the most attractive partner. Wouldn’t you get all angry if some one suddenly told you you cannot see them anymore? And you wouldn’t… Read more »
Jordan Conrad
Jordan Conrad
7 years 8 days ago

I took hydroponic shrooms just over a week ago and now im starting to get depression anxiety and uncontrollable fear over nothing.
This happen to anyone else before? And if so, how long should I expect to feel this effect for a one time use?

dave
dave
6 years 3 months ago

There’s no such thing as hydroponic shrooms. Shrooms are a fungus not a plant and therefore cannot grow hydroponically.

Weed will raise your serotonin levels for an hour or 2, but unless you smoke more they gonna drop. The trick is to smoke all day every couple hours, then let your serotonin levels rise back to normal while you sleep, then you’ll always be happy 🙂

Ian
Ian
6 years 3 months ago

This happened to me one time after a “bad trip”. it lasted for a couple weeks then I felt normal again. I think it’s just a normal reaction to a heavy event.

Tahlia
Tahlia
4 years 2 months ago

You must of had some bad shrooms.I have never tried it.But i know a lot of people who have and i know a little about shrooms. take a B12 supplement and exercise, get the excess out of your fat pockets.And youll be feeling better soon.

ManieE
7 years 11 months ago

Psilocibyn Mushrooms? What does it contains that makes you feel good?

pjnoir
pjnoir
7 years 11 months ago

psilocin which mimics the effects of serotonin in the brain

“Weed” has always been far less moody than booze. It wasn’t Beer or Martinis that fueled the Peace movement of the 60’s.

john
john
6 years 23 days ago

no, and it wasn’t weed either. it was LSD

Friend of Critters
Friend of Critters
5 years 11 months ago
“It wasn’t Beer or Martinis that fueled the Peace movement of the 60?s.” and it wasn’t “LSD” Firstly it was the draft that sent so many idealistic well-educated teenagers to an immoral war where the public was lied to, but luckily there was an independent free press that kept factual information coming to those who had ears to hear. Secondly, the Vietnamese and the Chinese knew to get the Americans doing Hashish and Heroin, and make them apathetic. How did they know? That’s how the British weakened China, and created a demand for opium in exchange for tea. Starting in… Read more »
ManieE
7 years 11 months ago

Thanks, that’s a new one for me! Any other foods that contains psilocin?

sean
sean
7 years 10 months ago

haha you mean psilocybin and its totally illegal. It’s what makes magic mushrooms magic. and magic they are….

ManieE
7 years 10 months ago

Gee, why does the good stuff always get banned…?

Al Bern
6 years 1 month ago

you can easily order grow kits and spores as far as I know and grow them yourself^^

valerie
valerie
6 years 1 month ago

are you high right now? Maybe you do need alittle toke now and than will calm that fast thinkin brain of yours. I have a fast thinking brain myself it’s hard for most people to keep up with us. Find a job you can use that skill why waste it keeping it suppressed with any ole thing.. right a book!

SmokeyMoses
SmokeyMoses
5 years 8 months ago

Maybe you should use that fast thinking brain of yours to learn basic English grammar and spelling. How do you “right a book?”

Are you aware of what Cannabis even looks like?

michelle wykel
michelle wykel
7 years 10 months ago

Weed is not physically addictive that is a fact! It may be mentally addictive to some people but its all in their minds.

Cherrybomb
Cherrybomb
5 years 3 months ago

I struggle to sleep so looooong ago someone told me i should try smoking weed at night.. It worked for a while then i started waking up still tired and feeling even worst.. now i only smoke 3 or 4 times a month but still struggling to sleep.. sleeping pills i don’t do and hot milk is a waste of time.. any ideas on falling asleep and staying asleep for the whole nite.. been like this since i can remember.. just getting sick of it now!

helen alksnys
helen alksnys
4 years 11 months ago

can’t sleep? hold your thumbs…
(ref.. jin shin jyutsu – book ‘touch of healing’ mary burmeister) – holding fingers clears all your body’s energy flows/meridians/energyfield…

mekhail
mekhail
7 years 9 months ago

thank you for your article it gives me a lot of information,

dan
dan
7 years 6 months ago

weed can be cool and i dont think it is physicaly addictive , but best only to smoke when in the right frame of mind. Smoking when depressed or anxious can sometimes lead to deep thought and depression. As with all drugs for best results start with a posative frame of mind!!!!.

condon
condon
7 years 5 months ago

take some ecstacy, it makes your serotonin go crazy. An hour after you have that and some OJ and a cig you’ll be the happiest person alive. THIZZ OR DIE u beezy

holy
7 years 5 months ago

nice article about protein…very informative thx

kalea
7 years 1 month ago

Good tips for improving mood; however, serotonin does not improve mood any more than cholesterol causes heart disease.

This is another case of mistaking a symptom for a cause. Any psychiatrist will tell you that there is no real understanding of the mechanism of how antidepressants work. Sure, when serotonin increase, mood improves, but there’s no proof whatsoever that the relationship is causal.

Similarly, more cholesterol is associated with heart disease, but there’s no evidence that I’m aware of that supports the idea that cholesterol causes heart disease…

tonyastro
tonyastro
6 years 26 days ago

So there’s a 50 50 chance that serotonin actually does improve mood. Therefore you shouldn’t say it doesn’t FOR SURE.

Liminal_luke
Liminal_luke
29 days 1 hour ago

I was just going to say something along these lines. Hasn`t the whole serotonin theory of depression been cast aside? I thought depression was more about inflammation.

EarthBeauty
7 years 1 month ago

Love this post. I’ve been doing research on tryptophan and its affects on serotonin and sleep.

Eva
6 years 11 months ago

Thanks for an excellent article. I’m recovering from fibromyalgia (which apparently affects your serotonin levels) and I’ve been looking for natural ways to increase my serotonin levels after I’ve been taking Zoloft without feeling any better.

Nancy Mooney
Nancy Mooney
6 years 10 months ago

Does beef not raise serotonin? I like it for the iron – I always feel better when eating a good steak! However, I also eat a lot of those other things, plus exercise, yet sleep horribly, wake up feeling exhausted, and feel depressed (not able to enjoy the good things in my life). Thoughts?

some dude
some dude
6 years 5 months ago

Get tested for sleep apnea. I have the same thing (waking up feeling like you want to die and hating everyone and everything around you for the next few hours)
It turns out I completely stop breathing many times through the night and wake up choking (without having mentally woken up). This leads to disturbed sleep which leads to all the things you mentioned. Hope that helps.

webgal
6 years 3 months ago

It does sound like Nancy has sleep apnea. It can cause any number of things including heart trouble and stroke. You don’t have to use a CPAP only. You can choose a dental device and get a great night’s sleep. I don’t sell them or own this website but here is some information on them: http://dentalinnovationsva.com

Carolyn Jolly
6 years 10 months ago

I agree with you about fat–we have to have some in our diets to be happy.

Thanks for a great and informative article.

David Pearl
David Pearl
6 years 10 months ago

Excellent article ! My parents are dead, I have almost no family, no family where I live in LA and am single..So I am sure this lack of deeper human connection and the ripping away of those that matter most to me (my parents and to a lesser degree the cats I grew up with) has drastically affected my moods, seratonin, oxycontin and other feel good chemicals..I need to either create more loving connections from non family or move somewhere like Thailand where I won’t feel so lonely and disconnected…

MrBluePower
MrBluePower
5 years 2 days ago

Hi!

I can be your Friend 🙂

buddizo
buddizo
6 years 10 months ago

send more info on boosting serotonin and dopamine levels

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 10 months ago

Cholesterol leads to heart disease by attaching to the walls of our arteries. plaques forms along those parts making our vessels less elastic (less able to adapt to blood pressure changes). These plaques can form thrombi which can break off and lodge in a coronary artery causing a heart attack. Also hardened, inelastic arteries increase blood pressure.

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 10 months ago

As far as serotonin goes, I have read many times that Aspartame competes with serotonin (and/or the precursors)for passage over the blood brain barrier. Avoid Aspartame if you want to keep your serotonin levels balanced. Remember aspartame is in almost all sugar-free, low calorie drinks and foods. Avoid it at all costs.

Scott
Scott
6 years 9 months ago

Marijauna has never harmed anyone in this world. Its easy to hate it when your jelous of the happiness it brings people. Especially if your not happy with yourselves.

Bob
Bob
6 years 4 months ago
That’s a big statement considering that you don’t know everyone in this world who uses marijuana. My 16yo nephew threw himself off the cliff of our local quarry before Christmas as he’d been struggling with the addiction and really bad paranoia that developed a few months into his heavy use off the drug. He tried a number of times to get off it, yet was unsuccessful. While I was trying to help him, I met many others who also struggled with its addictive qualities. Yes for many users they don’t have a problem. Others develop problems later, and discontinue its… Read more »
sour_apple
sour_apple
6 years 2 months ago
I’m very sorry to hear about your Nephew. I do think they are looking at the wrong side of statistics in general when it comes to weed though. I dont think people who use weed during puberty are more likely to develop mental problems….I think people who are developing mental problems during puberty are more likely to use weed to mask this. Weed is only addictive in the way that food is addictive. The people that develop dependencies are predisposed to this. I know plenty of people attending uni, getting great grades, living great lives, and smoking weed. I smoke… Read more »
valerie
valerie
6 years 1 month ago
Your nephew had other issues behind pot,sorry iv’e done alot of drugs in my life came down to alcohol. he had to have been mighty high to jump.. and if he was that high he would have been at the refrig. or asleep He must have had something laced or a mental disorder because with pot you either like it or you don’t,it is not addictive! How many times a day,week, month, year at all you hear the news report another killing from man high on marijuana. They may have had pot in their system but can almost100% tell you… Read more »
Scott
Scott
6 years 9 months ago

so much hate revolving around earths greatest gift. God’s medicine, not man’s medicine. I’ll take ?….

Dee
Dee
6 years 7 months ago

quote:”take some ecstacy, it makes your serotonin go crazy. An hour after you have that and some OJ and a cig you’ll be the happiest person alive. THIZZ OR DIE u beezy”

Ecstacy causes your serotonin to FLOOD your system thereby DEPLETING the stores much like pulling the plug in a tub. People typically crash a few days later.

I tried ecstasy recently out of curiosity and unfortunately for ME I’m apparently so low on serotonin I didn’t even get high.

So now I realize there’s definitely an imbalance happening that I need to address.

Ez
Ez
4 years 9 months ago

Unfortunately, a certain level of common sense is required before seeking drug induced states or even understand the info you posted. A level missing from bonehead types like thizz or die.

Thanks for the info.

Ez
Ez
4 years 9 months ago

Hopefully, you’ll find a healthy path to correct your sero issue.

Lucy
Lucy
6 years 7 months ago

I’m trying 5 HTP to boost my levels. I just started today so we’ll have to see.

megan
megan
6 years 7 months ago

What I would like to know on the whole marijuana issue is how does it affect the weight loss/body composition process?? or does it at all?? Like aside from the “munchies” if that was controlled under the influence how else would it affect the body from loosing weight and body composition change and in relation to oxygen input and output during exercise how does this hinder (or not hinder) the results from for example the classic Crossfit exercise regime?

chloe
chloe
6 years 3 months ago

smoking marijuana slows blood flow, making the rest of the body work harder to stay alive, therefore metabolism is increased. Your body uses all the energy and protein in the food you have consumed faster so when it realises there isn’t anymore energy to gain from what’s left, your brain tells you ‘FEED ME SO YOU STAY ALIVE’. So while you eat more, the body works the excess sugar and fat into energy, so it doesn’t stay as fattening weight gaining left overs.

MD
MD
6 years 7 months ago

how about some mdma?

PJNK
PJNK
6 years 6 months ago

MDMA for a rush of seratonin, also gets to work on that tasty oxytocin, for some good lovey cuddling. = ] just don’t do it more than once a month or so, to feel full effects and to stay healthy too!

hova
hova
6 years 5 months ago

In regards to the weed question. Its not physically addictive. Some just like to have something to hang on to. Thats why people can become addicted to anything. Some things are character flaws not addiction.

will pieratt
will pieratt
6 years 4 months ago

Try SAMe. I’ve struggled with low serotonin levels for years. I’ve tried 5htp, serzone, st john’s wart, saffron pills(same mechanism as prozac) and SAMe has worked the best with no negative side effects. Taking it before bed also cured my insomnia, which I had struggled with for years as well.

Tim
Tim
6 years 3 months ago
After seeing all this drug talk, I think Mark should write a recipe for primal pot brownies! My take on this weed debate (and I should know what I’m talking about, since I’ve veritably been a stoner the last four years) is that it’s not physically addictive but for some people it can be extremely habit-forming and thus psychologically addictive, if you want to call it that. For much of the last four years I’ve smoked weed daily, sometimes multiple times in a day, and that is the conclusion I’ve come to. There have been times where I’ve run out… Read more »
Tim
Tim
6 years 3 months ago

Typos..they are my nemesis.
* absence, not abscence (at the bottom)

Erika Chambers
Erika Chambers
6 years 2 months ago

Pot smokers…..Pls watch David Suzuki’s “The Downside to High”….it will give you an entirely new perspective. Those of you relying on old studies – i.e. studies that suggest Cannabis is not physically addictive – Pls understand much of the research was done with pot produces 20 to 30 years ago. I think we can all agree that Pot today is much different. Pls be critical of research findings, and do not use old data to support your current habit.

Erika Chambers
Erika Chambers
6 years 2 months ago

Pot smokers…..Pls watch David Suzuki’s “The Downside to High”….it will give you an entirely new perspective. Those of you relying on old studies – i.e. studies that suggest Cannabis is not physically addictive – Pls understand much of the research was done with pot that was grown/produced 20 to 30 years ago (or even earlier!). I think we can all agree that Pot today is much different. Pls be critical of research findings, and do not use old data to support your current habit. Pls ask an old Hippie – they will tell you the same!

Srinivasan
Srinivasan
5 years 11 months ago

thanks

Audrey Aspeling
Audrey Aspeling
5 years 11 months ago

I have electrohypersensitivity which means I am sensitive to most things electrical. The research so far is sparse mostly due to telecommunications corruption but I believe our Serotonin levels are too high.
Can anyone suggest ways or foods which would help to bring this down instead of bringing it up?

dewayne
5 years 10 months ago

thanks for the advise everyone

bob
bob
5 years 9 months ago
Weed’s not bad at all. People who have problems with it already had them before they started using weed and use weed as a scapegoat kind of like Hitler and the Jews. Catch my drift? The only thing weed will make you do is love everything in the world, appreciate everything a lot more, and of course eating a lot of food and sleeping. Weed makes life so much easier to live and people who try to argue against it and use fox news tactics of making shit up on the spot are just jealous of the content that people… Read more »
A Barbetti
5 years 9 months ago

Great advice…..Hope you don’t mind we posted it on Facebook.

health-today
5 years 8 months ago

When did alcohol become a stimulant? Here I was thinking it was a CNS depressant.

I guess I’ll take the rest of your advice with a grain of salt too.

Lucy
Lucy
5 years 7 months ago

Any updates or thoughts about effects of ingesting foods containing serotonin on osteoporosis? If I understoon it correctly, a scientific study reported in a 2008 NYTimes article attributed the relationship of “gut” serotonin in the diet to being a negative on bone health. (link to review the article: nytimes.com/2008/11/27/health/research/27bone.html )

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