Is it possible to get high on food? Does cheese give the same symptoms of cocaine use in the human body? While these questions may seem like a joke, the answer is not so funny.
Cocaine Found in Chinook Salmon Caught Near Seattle
In September of 2014, Chinook Salmon had high levels drugs, including cocaine, in their tissue. The cause? Waste water plants and leaking septic tanks are dumping high levels of drugs into the waters around Seattle Washington. Waste water treatment cannot remove all the drugs from the water. And septic tanks are untreated, so when they leak full doses of drugs are released into the environment.
It is estimated that 97,000 pounds of drugs enter the waters surrounding Seattle every year. This is the highest estimates of drugs being leaked into the environment in the nation. While the quality of water does not affect local drinking water, it affects the surrounding environment. Studies will show how the ocean life and other predators who eat the salmon will respond to the drug contamination.
Among the concerns is the early death of the salmon affected. Chinook Salmon are endangered and have been in a program to repopulate the species since the 1970s. But the drugs found in tissue sample may be part of the cause of the populations dying. This a cause of alarm for the fish population and for Washington’s one billion dollars a year salmon industry.
Cheese Affects the Brain like Cocaine
Research found that cheese affects the same receptors in the brain that cocaine does. While it’s not possible to eat enough cheese to experience hallucinogenic effects, it explains why cheese is so addictive. Dairy has protein called casein. During cheese making, the casein is concentrated and the effects of the casein are stronger. Humans crave the cheese because it affects the same receptors as cocaine, making everything feel good for a moment. Until the satisfying effects wear off and the next hit is desired.
The study found that foods with cheese were the most addictive. Foods containing casein are used in high doses and with rapid absorption rates, just like the cocaine counterpart. This is why processed food has casein added, to make it more addictive so the masses will buy more regardless of the lack of health benefits.
This also explains why it’s better to stay away from processed foods when using nutrition to restore the body after the damage caused by cocaine use.
Symptoms of Cocaine Use
Eating salmon or cheese will not product the same symptoms of cocaine use. But these foods show how sneaky substance abuse really is. Any substance, including seemingly natural foods like cheese, can be addictive. Education is necessary to teach people how to moderate substance use for healthy living.
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