Monday, March 17, 2014

2184 Sniff Test

Another breakthrough from science. This one from researchers at the University of Bordeaux. That's Bordeaux France in case you're wondering. I suppose their breakthrough makes sense. The French are always depicted as sniffing superciliously at other people and things. And this research has a lot to do with sniffing.

Even though they're from Bordeaux, it's not the scent of wine like you might think. Or the “nose” as I believe they call it. It's about the science of munchies. The Bordeauxians concluded that the reason folks get food cravings after ingesting cannabis is because it causes them to have a heightened sense of smell. 

THC, aka TetraHydroCannabinol, marijuana's active ingredient, affects the brain in more ways than ordinary visual hallucinations and feelings of false euphoria. It also activates the brain's cannabinoid receptors, resulting in a sharpened sense of smell. 

Yes, your brain has cannabinoid receptors. It's apparently hard-wired, ready to go, and primed to receive stimulation from cannabis. Those same receptors are active in starving mice, so it's logical to assume when one is so stimulated, one will naturally feel hungry. 

And easy prey for Jack-in-the-Box munchie meal and Taco Bell waffle taco fast food predators.

When tested on lab animals, THC stimulated mice kept sniffing banana and almond oils, while unstimulated control mice lost interest after awhile. The THC'd mice also ate more. 

Conclusion: The legalization movement may not be a good idea after all. Not in an America already troubled by record expansion of the obesity epidemic. I'm thinking we don't need a further reason to grab a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos with a Twinkie chaser. 

So thank you French researchers with your stoned mice sniffing eau de Funyons. It's no Statue of Liberty, but you've still done a good thing for America.  

America, ya gotta love it. 

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