You know what I dig about weed? I find that it helps with my chronic assholeishness. No really, I just have the sort of alpha male warrior type genetics where I can feel the muscle memory of my ancestors like slaughtering people and chasing down buffalo for centuries deep within me somewhere. In modern culture, that shit rarely serves you well and in most cases if you act on it, you’re being sort of a dick.
Which is where weed comes in. Despite continually repressing this primal urge to kill deep within me, I go way the fuck out of my way to be nice to people most of the time. But that doesn’t happen naturally, I come home from work and get high as fuck every single day and have been for years. Oh hey, and someone just did a study demonstrating that maybe I’m onto something with this continual self medication. From the Washington Post:
“Recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states plus the District of Columbia, giving public health researchers more leeway than ever to investigate some of the foundational underpinnings of cannabis culture: How much weed is in a joint? What happens to your brain when you get high?
You might be surprised to learn that the research to date on this question is mixed. One recent study found that while low doses of THC (the active chemical compound in pot) helped people cope with stressful situations, moderate to higher doses actually made people stress out even more.
But that particular study simply measured the effects of a single dose of THC — what about the effects of repeated heavy cannabis use?
Enter new research from Washington State University, recently published in the journal Psychopharmacology. The study recruited two groups of 40 people: One group had used marijuana nearly every day for at least a year, and the other comprised people who weren’t marijuana users.
Half of each group, users and nonusers, was subject to a particularly anxiety-inducing laboratory test commonly used to measure stress responses: They had to dunk their hands in a container of cold water for anywhere from 45 to 90 seconds, and then count backward from 2,043 by 17, getting reprimanded by lab workers whenever they got a number wrong.
As if that weren’t bad enough, they were also shown a live video feed of their faces as they attempted to count.
The other half of each group was subject to a non-stressful “control” scenario: Dip a hand in warm water, count from 1 to 25, no reprimands, no video.
To sum it up, the chronic stoners had lower levels of Cortisol than their non super high counterparts. It’s like 40 people so I’m not putting a ton of stock in this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it pans out either. The thing is, we currently know nothing about pot. The government made it pretty much impossible to study weed for like 50 years. They said: this knowledge is dangerous, these are things you cannot know. Think about that for a sec.
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