I don't know if this is real or not, but here is a video of a purported oxytocin party, where people take tablets of oxytocin, the love and trust hormone.
Oxytocin has been in the press quite a bit in the last few years with nicknames like the bonding hormone, the trust hormone and the cuddle drug. Many studies have expanded our knowledge of the effects of oxytocin beyond its most known synthetic form Pitocin, given to induce labor in pregnant women.
(Via Dose Nation)
Literally translated in Greek to “quick birth,” the neurotransmitter oxytocin (ox-ee-TOE-sin) is naturally released in women’s bodies during childbirth, breastfeeding, nipple stimulation and orgasm. It is found in equal amounts in both men and women but its affects are felt more by women because of their levels of estrogen and prolactin, which increase the effects. Testosterone in men has the opposite effect, in turn negating many of the effects of oxytocin.
Its presence in the body is associated with an increase in recognizing facial cues, bonding, the reduction of anxiety and an overall increase in levels of trust. As part of its anti-anxiety effects, it also helps relax and reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. In men’s, oxytocin may facilitate healthy erections and sperm ejaculation.
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