Marijuana and chocolate

AIDS Treat News. 1996 Oct 18:(No 257):3-4.


AIDS: Three substances in chocolate and cocoa powder may mimic cannabinoid by activating receptors or increasing anandamide levels. Anandamide is a lipid that binds to cannabinoid receptors and mimics the psychoactive effects of the drug. Chocolate is widely believed to enhance the effect of marijuana. A practical implication of this finding is that the amount of marijuana needed for medicinal purposes may be decreased by using it with chocolate, reducing both the risks and cost associated with marijuana.

Publication types

  • Newspaper Article

MeSH terms

  • Arachidonic Acids / pharmacology*
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Cacao*
  • Calcium Channel Blockers* / pharmacology*
  • Cannabinoids / pharmacology*
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Humans
  • Polyunsaturated Alkamides


  • Arachidonic Acids
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Cannabinoids
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Polyunsaturated Alkamides
  • anandamide