Skip to comments.Why Pot Smokers Are Paranoid
Posted on 04/09/2011 3:34:13 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
Paranoia is one of the most unpleasant "side effects" of marijuana. It's also a key experience shared by marijuana smokers and people with schizophrenia. But exactly how does smoking a joint cause the feeling that dark forces are conspiring to do you wrong?
New research in rats may help explain the source of this distress. The study, led by Steven Laviolette at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, involved training rats to fear the scent of either almond or peppermint. The scents were delivered to rats in a cage either with black-and-white striped walls or with black polka dots on a gray background. (The rats were not pre-tested for their taste in interior design.) One scent was accompanied by an electric shock to the rodents' feet, while the other scent was not.
At the same time, researchers experimented with the activity of the CB1 receptors in a certain region of the rats' brains. These cannabinoid receptors are activated by the main psychoactive component of marijuana, THC. In some rats, the scientists blocked CB1-receptor activity; in others, they used a marijuana-like drug to enhance it.
(Excerpt) Read more at healthland.time.com ...
What? You mean like one molecule in my finger could be a universe?
This is the third thread started by you in the last few minutes about marijuana...what gives?
Granted, FR has had posters like Willie Green and his trains, chet99 and his pit bulls and so on, so this isn’t all that unusual now that I think about it. Just curious.
Who are they talking about?
Very nice reference!
Well, marijuana IS illegal, so powerful forces really ARE out to get you: the police, the DEA, etc.
This is about the silliest study I’ve ever read about! Just dumb!
It’s all a government plot to enslave us!
See “Conspiracy Brother” played by Dave Chappelle in the movie “Undercover Brother”
The pot smoking rats are smarter than the ones who didn't smoke pot — they are the ones who remember which cages are dangerous.
Or put another way, just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean there AREN’T people out to get you!
Pot is pretty inane stuff.
Alcohol does far more damage. People get insane on alcohol.
The problem with pot is that people get complacent.
No one ever picked a fight smoking pot. Anyone ever OD on Pot?
Plenty of people let their lives slide by smoking pot.
Pot fetish...lost his best girl to a pot head...
Dave’s not here.
Really Free? Lazlo, where is Dave then? He’s not here either.
A wannabe "male model"?
Really? Of all the people I have known who smoked pot, got lazy and fell asleep - that’s it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.