Does Spicy Food Make You High?

Ever feel a bit of a buzz after munching down your chili on date night?

It could be that your date is going that beautifully or, according to science, it could have more to do with what you’re eating. Why? Because spicy foods can actually make you feel high.

Capsaicin, which is the active component in hot peppers, doesn’t provoke a taste, but a sensation. When that burning sensation hits your tongue it sends a message to the brain to make it think it’s in pain. As a response your brain releases dopamine and endorphins. Endorphins help block pain signals, while dopamine triggers a sense of pleasure and reward. Because of this, eating large amounts of spicy food can sometimes give you a euphoric feeling, similar to “runner’s high”.

So if you and your significant other are into it, make a reservation at that indian place for your next outing. It might just take your relationship to new heights!

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Victor Rivas

Victor is our Senior Producer and Editor. He is a film, soccer and literature junkie with a real passion for storytelling. Formally trained with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Production and throughout his time in the industry has offered his know-how and talent to companies ranging from network giants like MTV Networks and Telemundo to independent production companies. Besides his work in media, he is a published soccer analyst/connoisseur, as well as a fiction writer.