Medical professionals and politicians are always screaming we need more research when it comes to cannabis. This is crazy considering the mass amount of research that exists that has been performed thus far on lab rats and mice. Hell, we even have studies on the effects that cannabis produces in spiders. Okay if you’re anything like me, the last fact is somewhat exciting and a little bit disturbing. You have to admit though you probably want to know more. If so check out the details below!
Who Is Studying Cannabis In Spiders and Why
Most scientific research surrounding cannabis comes from researchers in countries such as Israel and a few select medical professionals and researchers throughout the U.S. This set of statistics, however, comes from a different source.
In fact, it was NASA who we have to thank for studying the effects of cannabis in spider populations. But why? That’s the juicy details that a lot of us are wanting to know! NASA was merely trying to replicate the work of previous studies such as the ones performed by a team of German zoologists and pharmacologists back in 1948.
Their research was not just based on cannabis in spiders but on spiders and intoxicants in general. The study which took place in 1995 by NASA scientists utilized run of the mill house spiders known as Araneus diadematus. They were looking to determine the effects of different intoxicants on spiders. Their study included intoxicating the spiders with LSD, chloral hydrate, caffeine, Benzedrine and cannabis. Here is what they discovered according to a report by The Growth Op.
What Their Research Showed
- “On marijuana: According to NASA’s research, spiders given cannabis became easily sidetracked while web building and left their work unfinished.
- On benzedrine: Spiders weaved their webs with increased energy but without attention to detail. Their webs appeared not to have been planned and were characterized by large gaps.
- On caffeine: Spiders appeared to build webs at random, and they grew impatient easily. The “hub” or “spoke” of the web was often missing.
- On chloral hydrate (a sedative): Spiders gave up on building webs at a faster than the cannabis-consuming spiders.
- On LSD: The webs were more geometrically regular and “more orderly” than ones built by sober spiders.”
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