Scientific Study Suggests Marijuana May Improve Night Vision
A Canadian university has uncovered the first experimental evidence that cannabis use may improve night vision, yet far more research is needed to make a conclusive statements.
Anecdotal evidence within scientific literature has suggested that Jamaican and Moroccan fisherman experience heightened night vision from the use of cannabis; but until recently there had been no real research to based on those observations. That is until recently when the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, which is part of McGill University, decided to run some initial tests to see if data confirmed the hypothesis.
The studies were conducted on frogs, or more specifically tadpoles, using both the cannibinoids found in the test subjects own nervous system and that from the cannabis plant. What they found was essentially that the eye and brain were able to communicate with one another more quickly, improving vision.
During the night our eyes retrieve less information which increases confirmation time of visual data by the brain. Speeding up the communication time helps to make up for this information shortage, which is what cannibinoids appear to be doing in tadpoles – and perhaps Caribbean fishermen.
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Yet the science is still a ways off from making any conclusive statements on the matter. Although the tadpole tests were promising, the research will have to work its way up the mammalian testing chain, with mice the likely next candidate. It will probably be many years before the relationship between cannabis and night vision is fully understood.
While the findings suggest future cannabis science might enhance human abilities like night vision, they may also suggest something about human history.
Cannabis use has been prevalent among humans for tens of thousands of years. During that time we learned to map the stars and sail the world, creating trade and human civilization in the process. Could it be that early humans viewing the night sky while high could have been the first to understand the complexity of the universe; and from it increased the complexity of their own knowledge and skill sets?
Certainly improved night vision would have given us many advantages in the animal kingdom, on both the primal and technological levels. Did cannabis use kickstart modern humanity?
And with so many stoners staring into the night sky looking for our future, might not cannabis be the key to seeing the path that takes us there?free wordpress themes