Telling people about oxytocin is a particular favourite of mine, since
I think we should all be aware of the factors influencing our
feelings, especially if we’re about to make life decisions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin

An interesting update to this was sent to me today, about a study in rats:

“… these results suggest that oxytocin release, stimulated by MDMA
through 5-HT(1A) receptors, may play a key role in the prosocial
effects of MDMA and underlie some of the reinforcing effects of the
drug.”

It also mentioned that oxytocin is administered during childbirth –
‘oxytocin’ is greek for ‘swift birth’ and detailed a few risks of
this, contrasting with China where mothers are given cold showers or
ice cubes on their nipples to stimulate a natural oxytocin release.

Ergo, take fewer pills and just have someone rub ice cubes on your
nipples instead. Sounds like a good plan to me.

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