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Regular chocolate is made by adding extra roasted, ground-up beans. A cacao tree, source of chocolate and cocoa. The pods grow directly from the trunk and branches. (Har vard Botanical Museum) Chocolate to Morphine tains a lot of fat and is very bitter, must be mixed with sugar to make it palatable. It, too, contains a stimulating drug, and cases of chocolate dependence are easy to find. ” People who regularly consume choco late or go on chocolate-eating binges may not realize they are involved with a drug, but their consumption usually follows the same sort of pattern as with coffee, tea, and cola drinks.
In ancient India, marijuana was eaten for religious purposes; people used it for its effects on con sciousness in socially accepted ways. In England and America during the nineteenth century, doctors gave tincture of mari juana to sick people as a remedy, and most patients never re ported getting high on it, probably because they did not expect to and so ignored the psychoactive effects. In the United States in the 1920s, members of certain subcultures began smoking marijuana to feel high — a practice regarded as deviant by the dominant culture.
Another reason people like stimulants is that they suppress hunger, making it possible to think about something other than food and concentrate better on the task at hand. Not eating, moreover, tends to further increase one’s energy and sense of alertness. The reason stimulant drugs suppress hunger probably has to do with the preparation of the body for emergencies. In emergencies, all digestive functions become nonessential com pared to such processes as blood circulation and speed of mus cular response.