Researchers in Chicago assessed the effects of various levels of THCTHC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis which makes users feel ‘high’Very low doses ‘lessened anxiety when faced with a public-speaking task’But a stronger dose – enough to trigger a mild high – increased anxiety levels
A new study has confirmed that small doses of medical marijuana do help relieve stress – but any more than a couple of puffs has the opposite effect.
Researchers in Chicago split 42 people into three groups, and gave them each a batch of THC capsules – one equivalent to a couple of puffs, one equivalent to half a joint, and one a placebo.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in cannabis which makes users feel ‘high’.
They found that very low doses lessened anxiety and jitters when faced with a public-speaking task.
However, a stronger dose – enough to trigger a mild high – increased anxiety levels.
The researchers said it is one of the most rigorous investigations into the widely accepted – but untested – idea that THC relieves stress, and at what level.
The Chicago researchers said their study is one of the most rigorous investigations into the widely accepted – but untested – idea that THC (the ‘high’ property in cannabis) relieves stress
‘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,’ said lead author Emma Childs, associate professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Both medical and recreational use of marijuana are legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon,