With fake weed news all over the place these days, one should not make any significant life style changes or travel plans without doing some due diligence.
Having said that, it appears to be true that Berlin’s Research Initiative on Cannabis Consumption is seeking government approval to analyze recreational weed smokers in order to better understand the effects of pot after a period of several years of use.
How many smokers will they need?
According to German publication the Local—25,000!
The Research Initiative submitted its application entitled “Scientific Study on Cannabis Sequences for Mentally Healthy Adult Consumers” to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in early April.
Although recreational weed is not yet legal in Germany—medical marijuana was legalized in January of this year, and people are already applying to light up and be analyzed.
As part of the study, those selected would be permitted to pick up 30 grams of pharmaceutical cannabis, usually reserved for MMJ patients, on a monthly basis.
There are a few restrictions on potential participants: candidates must be over 18, they must NOT be first-time weed smokers and they cannot have high-risk of addiction or psychiatric problems.
The German researchers are serious scientists. Unfortunately, under the current administration in the White House, science is regarded as subversive.
“In Germany several million people regularly get high on cannabis,” wrote lawyer and chief executive of the project Dr. Marko Dörre in a statement released after the plans were submitted, according to Der Tagesspiegel.
“It is time that science is more intensively engaged in leisure-time consumption,” Dörre said.
According to Dörre, more than 2,000 Berlin citizens have already applied for the study.
No word yet on whether seasoned foreign volunteers are being accepted. If that door opens up, then yes, pack your bags and take one for science.
Although something tells me that there will no shortage of German weed smokers volunteering for the project.
According to a report released earlier this month, cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in Germany, with 7.3 percent of teens and 6.1 percent of adults reporting that they had used it at least once in 2015.