09 October 2006

So smoking pot does make you smarter*

When I was younger, and bear in mind we're going back 30 something years here, I had a friend who insisted that smoking dope made you smarter.

Trouble is, he didn't have ready access to a gazillion dollars worth of lab equipment and a dedicated cadre of grad students who could make that hypothesis scientifically credible.

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time.

THC, the key compound in marijuana, may also be the key to new drugs for Alzheimer's disease. That's because the marijuana compound blocks the formation of brain-clogging Alzheimer's plaques better than current Alzheimer's drugs.

The finding — in test-tube studies — comes from the lab of Kim Janda, Ph.D.
What I remember about smoking dope was that it made you loll around on that dusty old couch in somebody's partially finished basement... listening endlessly to the same Steppenwolf 8-track tape, on a stereo cranked up so high it would've sterilised a labrador retriever.

I also remember incredible munchies (a stupid word, dreamed up by a stoner, no doubt)... the undeniable need to pound back vast quantities of pizza, or anything even remotely resembling a foodstuff, like a herd of angry, starving locusts.

Now, truth be told, and I'm hoping my pre-adolescent son doesn't read this for at least another ten years, in my teens and twenties, I had a fairly casual relationship with recreational pharmaceuticals, and it did make me feel smarter... for a while.

Trouble is, thirty years and ten million less brain cells later, I'm not really sure if I'm really remembering it correctly at all.


*I was a no-show at the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the high school I once infrequently attended... so this post goes out to all the people I haven't talked to since the bad old days.

UPDATE 13 Oct 2006 - Marijuana Party makes big score
Canada's small political parties will share around $500,000 after an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down a law that allowed federal parties to be paid $1.75 per vote they received only if they took more than two per cent of the vote.

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GBP })i({ said...

Didn't they always tells us pot-smoking made you FORGET everything?

Neo Conservative said...

uh, what was the question again?

Neo Conservative said...

Over at the Observer

Willie Nelson’s public statement regarding being caught with a bag of Marijuana earlier this week:

“It’s a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I’d be dead by now.”

BHCh said...

Everything people used over the years can have positive and negative effects.

I kinda wish I tried pot, but I never did. Guess I am scared of it.

Neo Conservative said...

"shlemazl said... I kinda wish I tried pot, but I never did. Guess I am scared of it."

shlem, not sure where you grew up, or how you managed to avoid it, but that makes 2 people i know, including my wife... who never inhaled.

Neo Conservative said...

oops... hasty addendum here.

my wife resents possibly being lumped in with bill "i tried it but, honest injun, never inhaled" clinton.

she wishes me to state that she has never, ever, even so much as put a joint to her lips.

she does however want to make it crystal clear, in the unlikely event that my son ever reads this... she absolutely, unequivocally knows what it smells like.

d... are you listening?

Scott Carlson Teacher in Chicago at Lane Tech High School said...

I also remember some study being done on hard core pot smokers, in some rastafari group, who smoked something like an ounce a week and had no intelligence loss. I'm still intrigued by a possible link between smoking pot and depression or amotivational syndrome. It seems likely that people who are depressed or procrastinators are more likely to smoke pot.

James Higham said...

Er ... so the aged should smoke dope? One way to go out, I suppose.