Kissing Better Than Cocaine

February 9, 2009

Ever wondered why kissing felt so good? Scientists have discovered that kissing causes hormonal changes which are similar to the effects of consuming cocaine.

Researchers at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania tested the level of two hormones, cortisol and oxytocin, in 15 couples before and after they engaged in some old fashion tonsil hockey. They found that the level of stress causing hormone cortisol decreased and the level of the human bonding hormone oxytocin increased when a couple locked lips.

The study found that males have a heightened experience when kissing, compared to women. Females needed added stimulants, like romantic music or dim lighting, to achieve the same level of sensation.

The two girls in the video below are testing out the theory.


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