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Anaconda, Bodies , and Books: The most likely chemical in chocolate that might explain its feel-good effect is PEA, of which there can be up to 700 mg in a 100 g bar (0.7%). Most chocolate contains much less than this, and a more typical amount would be 50-100 mg. In its pure state PEA is an oily liquid with a fishlike smell, and it can be made in the laboratory from ammonia. (PEA has the curious property of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.) When people are injected with PEA, the level of glucose in their blood goes up and so does their blood pressure. These effects combine to produce a feeling of well-being and alertness. PEA may trigger the release of dopamine, which is the brain chemical that makes us feel happy, in which case PEA would be acting in the same way as amphetamines such as ecstasy. PEA and ecstasy molecules are roughly the same shape and size, and this has led to the suggestion that they might work in the same way, but scientific proof is lacking that they do. Our own bodies produce tiny but detectable amounts of PEA naturally, and it is formed from an essential dietary amino acid called phenylalanine. The level of natural PEA varies and it increases when we are under stress. It is also higher than normal in schizophrenics and hyperactive children, but this is more likely to be a symptom of these conditions rather than their cause. Not everyone can cope with a sudden influx of PEA, which is why some people are sensitive to chocolate, often suffering a violent headache if they eat too much. This happens because the excess PEA constricts the walls of blood vessels in the brain. The human body has little use for PEA and employs an enzyme, monoamine oxidase, to dispose of it. People whose bodies are intolerant of chocolate appear to have difficulty making enough of the enzyme to prevent the PEA building up to levels that triggers migraines. symbisexual-disaster: Trying to learn more about chocolate and PEA, thought this was an interesting resource! Link In order to get his fix, Venom probably stops the MAO enzyme from getting rid of the PEA. Then he just sucks it up himself so that Eddie doesn’t get headaches. If I’m understanding this right, a chocolate-intolerant person would greatly benefit from bonding with a symbiote. Since chocolate-intolerants don’t make enough of the MAO enzyme, they need to either a) not eat chocolate ever if they don’t want a migraine or b) hook up with a symbiote that will slurp it up for them!  So it might be fun to write either Eddie or an OC who could never enjoy chocolate before, but after bonding, somehow is actually able to? Fun fun. 

symbisexual-disaster: Trying to learn more about chocolate and PEA, thought this was an interesting resource! Link In order to get his fix, ...

Definitely, Gif, and Omg: did you know? There are pencils that turn into plants when you're done using them Their erasers are replaced with seed capsules, allowing you to stick them into soil and sprout yourself a new plant once they're too short to write with. PHOTO: SPROUTWORLD DIDYOUKNOWBLOG.COM <p><a href="https://artwitchpath.tumblr.com/post/172446039386/mortwitch-skrata-did-you-kno-there-are" class="tumblr_blog">artwitchpath</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://mortwitch.tumblr.com/post/142372313974">mortwitch</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://skrata.tumblr.com/post/142370742164">skrata</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://did-you-kno.tumblr.com/post/142364731926">did-you-kno</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>There are pencils that turn into plants when you’re done using them. </p> <figure data-orig-width="830" data-orig-height="307" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9422dd00f85fabf8bc15a1c6d2fa0a11/tumblr_inline_o54g86Djlq1sjh1ps_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-width="830" data-orig-height="307"/></figure><p> The ‘Sprout Pencil’ is the first sustainable pencil in the world that can be planted after use. <br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="724" data-orig-height="435" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/02770cdf0e34442e5af40551da915b22/tumblr_inline_o54ha5iiXl1sjh1ps_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="724" data-orig-height="435"/></figure><p><i>“We have chosen the seeds for our pencils with great care, and they germinate quickly: i.e. within 1-3 weeks, depending on the seed variety. Most plants can be grown both indoors and outdoors.” </i><br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="456" data-orig-height="344"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/fc5b993db4c099676010a789e49b4e8d/tumblr_inline_o54g8oA5hk1sjh1ps_500.gif" alt="image" data-orig-width="256" data-orig-height="144"/></figure><p>It’s made of natural materials: the body is cedar wood, and the “lead” is a mixture of clay and graphite.</p> <figure data-orig-width="849" data-orig-height="399" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/15a500e9eedd2e2e5da2a8fe6680241c/tumblr_inline_o54gb4xp0K1sjh1ps_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="849" data-orig-height="399"/></figure><p>Sprout pencils are available in 22 varieties, including sunflower, mint, lavender, sage, forget-me-not, cherry tomato, sweet pea, cilantro, and wild strawberry.</p> <figure data-orig-width="529" data-orig-height="321" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/54d31c74795a1ea5ec04bf2272f3c096/tumblr_inline_o54g9hFUYv1sjh1ps_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-width="529" data-orig-height="321"/></figure><p><b>What to do</b><br/></p> <p><i>“When the Sprout Pencil has become too short to write with, it is ready to be planted. Follow the simple instructions below and see your Sprout pencil sprout.”</i></p> <figure data-orig-width="815" data-orig-height="1187" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/c81aa37305cbe2d889ed7dade411bf9d/tumblr_inline_o54g9ymIXA1sjh1ps_540.png" alt="image" data-orig-width="815" data-orig-height="1187"/></figure><p>They are also available in the colored pencil variety, which makes me oh-so-happy! <br/></p> <figure data-orig-width="1030" data-orig-height="400" class="tmblr-full"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/4785142e053889de186a1590a0282822/tumblr_inline_o54g94zx3O1sjh1ps_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-width="1030" data-orig-height="400"/></figure><p><a href="http://www.iflscience.com/environment/these-pencils-can-grow-plants-if-you-place-them-pot">Source</a></p> </blockquote> <p>I’m almost positive there’s a spell use for these. Someone more clever will probably think of it.</p> </blockquote> <p>Art witches could use these herbs omggg. Drawing protective sigils with the basil or rosemary one omggggggggggggggg. </p> </blockquote> <p>OMG! Best thing I’ve seen in forever. I’m definitely getting some of these!!</p> </blockquote>

artwitchpath: mortwitch: skrata: did-you-kno: There are pencils that turn into plants when you’re done using them.  The ‘Sprout Pencil...

Being Alone, Christmas, and Driving: Fun Activities to Look Forward to During Christmas Time @balleralert Fun Activities to Look Forward to During Christmas Time - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Family Gatherings ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The best feeling in the world is being around your family during the holidays. There’s guaranteed to be food on deck, good laughs and of course the “grocery store run” your cousins invite you on. It’s a night filled with endless card game disputes, football trivia and a couple extra trays of food to go home with. What beats that? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Christmas Classics On TV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Home Alone’, ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Friday After Next’, equals one amazing night. It’s time to kick back, use whatever extra time you have and immerse yourself into some good ole’ nostalgic Christmas classics. Perfect for a family affair or a night with friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Holiday Family Photos ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s that time of the year when families dress up and show the world what Christmas spirit, combined with color coordination, really looks like. Some people keep it traditional while others change up the theme each year. Whatever you do, have fun and make sure you buy wallet size photos to share! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Fall Fashion ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SLAY bells ring, are you listening? Pea coats, matching scarves and gloves, furs, leather and dare I say......Timbs. This season is pretty much a haven for fashion. It’s time to live your best winter life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. Holiday Decorations and Lights ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lights, blow-up Jack Frosts, neon “Merry Christmas” signs and maybe a nativity scene. Random nights with no plans is when driving through neighborhoods to see Christmas decorations fits in perfectly. Whether you’re taking the kids or adding to a date night, it’s always nice to experience what the holidays look like through another’s eyes.

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