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What are the main ingredients in chocolate?

Chocolate contains three main stimulating and pleasure-producing compounds: caffeine, cannabinoids and phenylethylamine. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and triggers in the brain the release of the pleasure-producing chemicals dopamine and adenosine. Cannabinoids are fatty acids that cause feelings of relaxation and intoxication when they strike certain receptors in the brain. Phenylethylamine, or the love drug, releases the same chemicals introduced into the human body when someone is in love.

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