The popular claim that cannabis relieves stress and helps one relax has just been confirmed in a new study.
However, don’t bogart that joint, my friend.
Researchers found that weed’s stress-relieving properties are most effective when micro-dosed. But too much can have the opposite effect.
The study was done by a group of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Chicago.
This is how they did the study:
Forty-two healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 40, all of whom had prior experience with weed, were split into three groups and given capsules with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in them.
Group one, the low-dose group, received a capsule with 7.5 milligrams of THC; the moderate-dose group got 12.5 milligrams; and the placebo group got none.
Neither participants, nor investigators, knew who was in each group.
Lead researcher, Emma Childs, from the UIC Department of Psychiatry, noted the difficulty in equating ingested cannabis to smoked cannabis, but said the doses used in the study produced effects that were equivalent to a few puffs of a joint.
She also explained that they didn’t include larger doses so as to avoid potential adverse or cardiovascular effects.
In the two 4-hour sessions, five days apart. each participant took two THC capsules at each session, waited for it to enter their bloodstream, then were interviewed by lab assistants who purposely offered no positive verbal or body language feedback. Then, participants were asked to do a challenging math task, which Childs called “very reliably stress-inducing.”
On their second visit, participants talked about their favorite movie or book for five minutes, then were asked to play solitaire for five minutes.
During and after these tasks, participants assessed their own stress levels and feelings. Their heart rates, blood pressures and levels of cortisol (a key stress hormone) were monitored and measured at intervals.
As predicted, the low-dose group reported less stress after the psychosocial test than those given the placebo. Their stress levels also dropped faster after the test.
The moderate-dose group reported more negative moods before and during the tasks. They were more likely to rate the psychosocial tasks as “challenging” or even “threatening.”
“We found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects,” Childs told the UIC News Center.
We need more research.
“Studies like these… are extremely important, considering the widespread use of cannabis for both medical and non-medical purposes,” Childs explained. “Unfortunately, significant regulatory obstacles make it extremely difficult to conduct this type of research with the result that cannabis is now widely available for medical purposes with minimal scientific foundation.”
The study was published in the Journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Pennsylvania Senators Seeking Co-Sponsors for Recreational Cannabis Bill
Researchers Launching CBD Study with Former Hockey Players
New Jersey Lawmakers Begin Hearings for Marijuana Legalization
Zimbabwe Authorizes License for First Medical Marijuana Company
Knowledgeable Dabbing: A Guide To Our Favorite Quartz Bangers
First Clinical Trial Of Cannabis For PTSD in Veterans Is Now Complete
Missouri Police Raid Hospital Room of Stage 4 Cancer Patient Using Cannabis
Oklahoma House Passes Medical Cannabis Protection Bill
News3 days ago
Indiana State Trooper Seizes $3.5 Million Worth of Cannabis, Vapes
News3 days ago
Colorado Researchers Seeking Volunteers to Get High and Drive
News4 days ago
Study Finds Medical Marijuana Alleviates Seniors’ Pain, Reduces Opioid Use
News5 days ago
Survey Shows 25% of Cannabis Users in Legal States Consume at Work
Legalization4 days ago
Breaking: Connecticut Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Legalize Marijuana
News6 days ago
NJ Governor Announces Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Month
Culture6 days ago
What’s In Your Stash? Cannabis Alchemist Warren Bobrow
News5 days ago
$2.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized at Philadelphia Port