Does Smoking Weed Make You Better At Video Games?
Studies are showing surprising links between smoking weed and video games. Read on if you want to level up.
Do you play video games? Do you want to get better? Studies are showing that getting high can help you become better than ever at your favorite video game, maybe help you get past that boss you can’t seem to beat, or improve your online multiplayer status. Weed is fast becoming the steroids for video game players.
Alex Walker, the Australian World Cyber Games tournament director, in a recent interview, is quoted as saying that he has seen a lot of the competitors coming into the tournaments high simply so they can play better. Is it a banned substance at the tournament? As recently as 2015 anti-doping agencies have their list of banned substances at video game tournaments along with drugs like Adderall. The thought is that if it is going to help you more than if you didn’t take it, then it’s cheating, especially with the prize pools getting larger.
Become Jedi focused
The Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands recently conducted a one-year study to see how gaming and cannabis can affect the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. All the test subjects played increasingly challenging games each day, but half the group was also administered cannabis To the surprise of some the marijuana test group scored 43 percent better in memory retention than the control group.
Cannabis vs Alzheimer’s: Cannabis wins! (Finish him!)
It is thought the mixture of certain game titles along with the cannabis use is key to seeing such surprising benefits. Titles like Tetris have long been considered, “exercise for the brain,” while action games can improve hand-eye coordination. These are facts just about the games themselves.
Cannabis, meanwhile, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help in the deconstruction of Alzheimer’s disease in patients. The anti-inflammatory aspect of cannabis decreases the neuroinflammation which in turn will decrease neurodegeneration, one of the main factors in Alzheimer’s disease. The anti-oxidant component of CDB may have the ability to remove the two forms of plaque that build up in the brain also considered to be the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
The government strikes back
Not everyone is convinced, however. There is a You may or may not remember a government-backed anti-weed PSA from the early 90’s called, “Pete’s Couch” advocating that marijuana users are at risk of becoming couch potatoes. Well, the government-backed campaign also produced a spot warning smokers that weed can hurt their video game skills. This is also the same Above the Influence whose “My Anti-Drug” campaign got criticized by the Government Accountability Office for unintentionally inspiring more cannabis use with its anti-drug ads, due to how hilarious some of them were. Because laughter and weed go together like milk and cookies.
This is also the same Above the Influence whose “My Anti-Drug” campaign got criticized by the Government Accountability Office for unintentionally inspiring more cannabis use with its anti-drug ads, due to how hilarious some of them were. Because laughter and weed go together like milk and cookies.
The most amazing thing we saw was that it re-initiates neurogenesis. For those of you who don’t know, that is the birth of new neurons, and new neurons mean the brain is developing. Cannabis’ neural regeneration benefits might just have you become a better Adam Jensen (Deus Ex)
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