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The Love Drug That Relieves Pain
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Does love hurt? Well, love might also be a pain reliever. In 2010, Stanford University did a study and suggested that passionate and exclusionary love might relieve pain, even more than that drug morphine.

The University took 15 undergrad students that were very much in love and handed them a hurtful enhancing drug, while they held an instrument staring at a image of the person they are in love with. The other students were given a image of an associate or friend, but not crazy in love with. This is what Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the Medical Correspondence from CBS told Chris Wagge from “the Early Show”.

"The ones that stared at their their lover didn't feel the same type of pain; they had a 45% lower perception of somewhat pain and 12% lower in their feeling of a more higher pain level."

She also points out that they are unsure of why the students felt that way, but the main cause of it includes a chemical in the brain called dopamine. She then explained there are certain parts of our brains are rewards or feel good centers, they are stimulated whenever we experience being in love or have feelings of love. It’s kind of like how we feel when we’re excited about something such as winning or feelings after exercising.

It is said that this particular area may be targeted by certain medications for people who have chronic pain. Could this be in our future for those people who suffer from this condition? I don’t know about that, because they were saying how they wanted to offer them more medications to help with their pain. I just don’t understand why they would want to offer them more medications if this so call love drug helps them with their pain. Honestly, I think it’s a money issue. They want more money.

Anyways, we know that people that are hurting more than likely don’t want to be around the ones they love or the ones that give them the most love. It’s not healthy for them, but they do. It is important they are around the ones that give them the most love though, because love truly overpowers anything, especially pain and fear.

Final thoughts on the subject

Exercise and distraction are the two things that enhances that pleasure center. Most people in pain never feel like exercising, but if you push yourself, then you’ve moves forward. Taking your mind off the pain is hard to do to, but honestly, what if you are in love and in pain, I’d suggest you don’t deal with any type of drug. You just never know how your body will react, and besides, natural is always the better anyway.


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