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Food Highs: Can Some Benign Ingredients Really Take You Higher?

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Food Highs: Can Some Benign Ingredients Really Take You Higher?

The market is currently flooded with a literally dizzying array of foods and drinks whose sole purpose is mood enhancement and consciousness modification. These include everything from turbocharged energy drinks fortified with massive amounts of caffeine and taurine to melatonin-laden cookies and cakes to make you pass out before the cookie crumbs hit the floor. At quick glance, our convenience food culture now very much mirrors our expanding culture of serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs), which provides and ever-shifting selection of moods and states of consciousness to choose from. But the notion of altering one’s mood or consciousness through food and drink is nothing new (especially not drink) and there exist an array of foods that have been known and proven to be mood altering, and in some cases, get you nominally (if not particularly) high

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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2:44PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

The best, healthiest, all-natural, non-addictive, non-toxic means of accessing a loving, peaceful feeling is cannabis.

8:49PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

esp. interesting re: nutmeg

3:18AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

This was interesting, thank you.

4:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

thanks for sharing...interesting...hope no one is getting any ideas...

12:39AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Just a few of many things which can cause bad side effects when you ingest certain items enough to cause toxicity poison which can be thought of as a high.

8:28PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011


2:26PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Hilarious! Never heard the one about rye before.

6:45AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

very to have some nutmeg toast now..

4:57PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011


1:14PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Well, surprising...
I guess "everything in moderation" is good advice! :-)

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I eat only burgers made with with all organic ingredients.

Absolutely love these, cheers! :)


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