Exam 3 Review
: drug/agent that is sex arousing or increases sex desire.
burst of nutrition/energy
Ex = Spanish fly (crushed dried beetles that contain lactone called
It burns, among other things).
Some aphrodisiacs contain
(treats nausa, motion sickness,
certain ophthalimic purposes) and
belladonna, mandrake, gimson weed, cocaine.
ACT receptors, produce sedative anesthetic effects.
Dopamine vs. Serotonin
the craving neurochemical which stimulates the brains pleasure center.
Dopamine = desire.
Prolactine = satisfaction.
the “well-being” neurotransmitter.
Low levels = anger/depression, OCD.
High levels = inhibit sexual desire and orgasim.
reduces inhibitions, CNS depressant, whisky dick, reduces testosterone.
stimulant, typical anesthetic, increase arousal, increases
erections/organisms better/easier (but too much makes these impossible).
Entheogenic – increases empathy and closenessness, gives illusion of
Increase sex desire, decreases resistance.
Mixed effects on individual.
(Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors): decrease libido, inhibit
Ex = Prozac, Zoloft, etc.
may increase sensory awareness, but can be unpredictable. Ex =
Stimulates dopamine pathways, but may reduce
testosterone, testicle size, and libido.
Euphoria, relaxation, sex arousal, heightened sensations and
sociability, and can become a depressant.
Yohimbine (the OTC Aphrodisiac):
derived from an African tree, produces
vasadilation by inhibition; may have psychological effects on sex arousal.