Study: Low-Dose THC Can Relieve Stress, but Too Much May Do the Opposite • High Times
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.