5HTP or 5hydroxytryptophan is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in certain foods, like cheese, chicken and the griffionia seed. Once 5HTP is in the human body it can be transformed into the important neurotransmitter serotonin - which is said to promote feelings of calm and happiness.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter - these are hormone like substances that send signals from out of our brain to our nerve endings to give rise to certain feelings. The drug MDMA releases crack tons of serotonin - which is linked to the high. The neurotransmitter serotonin is used mainly to help our cells feel calm and contented. For example when we become angry the body releases stress hormones that prepare our body for battle with the stresses, these stress hormones are used by the body to increase energy production so that you may defeat the stresses and so the stress may go.
This is known as the fight or flight response, you either fight or run away… or let serotonin do its work. The stress hormones make it difficult to relax as we are having feelings of energy production and aggression. One of the jobs of serotonin is to mop up these stress hormones so we can relax. These stress hormones, cortisone mainly, are thought to contribute to the to likelihood of getting heart disease so its is important that we feel as calm as possible by taking 5HTP, and other supplements, or just don’t get stressed.
Also serotonin can be converted into melatonin, at night by the brain’s pineal gland, infact it needs serotonin to do so – a lack of this will lead to a lack of sleep for sure. 5HTP helped me 9 years ago, to restore serotonin levels, are years of clubbing and doing MDMA. Side Effects When taking 5HTP sometimes there are side effects; this is normal in most cases. They are: euphoria, sleepiness, relaxation, hypermania, irritability and intestinal issues. When serotonin is made from 5HTP, it is known to influence the wavelike motion that the intestines naturally go through - this may in turn cause a release of gas - which I view as a good thing as it may show that some mucus in the colon has been disturbed causing it be pushed along and thus expelled more easily.
I would advise anyone who is interested in 5HTP to conduct their own research into it as this way they can understand any issues they have with the product. And lastly always remember that feeling good or “normal” is not just about one factor it is about many factors.
It can be taken at most times during the day, but it is advisable to use at night, because it helps us to feel calm and during the day we don’t want to feel too relaxed otherwise we may fall asleep. For this reason it should not be used when using heavy machinery, or driving, unless you are aware how it affects you.