Videogames and Marijuana – A Match Made in Heaven

You don’t have to look further than any film starring Seth Rogen to notice the intrinsic link between marijuana smoking and video games in today’s society. Whether legal or not, there’s no denying that being under the influence of a cheeky joint can definitely immerse […]
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You don’t have to look further than any film starring Seth Rogen to notice the intrinsic link between marijuana smoking and video games in today’s society. Whether legal or not, there’s no denying that being under the influence of a cheeky joint can definitely immerse you deeper into the gaming world, making the whole experience that much realer. Under careful control, there’s no reason why you can’t use marijuana to take you to a whole new level of gaming.

Weed ups your game

There’s no denying science – the Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands recently conducted a study into the gaming abilities of Alzheimer’s patients, half of whom were given marijuana, half of whom were not. Amazingly, the group that was given marijuana had a 43% higher memory retention rate – pretty useful if you’re running around Skyrim trying to memorise a map of Hearthfire.

What’s more, for games that require a high degree of hand-eye co-ordination, marijuana has been proven to help. In an article by Culture magazine, studies from The Neurobiology of Ageing journal showed that THC-related compounds reduced brain inflammation, improved memory and promoted new brain cell growth in older rats – which comes in pretty handy if you’ve been gaming a fair few years.

A visual spectacle

With today’s high-definition and blu-ray technology on the up, the visuals of gaming have advanced tenfold, giving even those who do not smoke the plant the chance to truly appreciate the master craft that is game designing. With marijuana, however, the makers’ efforts are appreciated even more so – the smoker is in a highly relaxed and joyful state, making him or her enjoy the colours and sounds of the video game he or she is playing. It’s hard to imagine a game like Grand Theft Auto being compared to a Monet, but with a little help of the green, all colours look beautiful.

A happier player

It’s a common stereotype that those who obsess over video games often don’t have much else in their lives and can become depressed couch potatoes. With this in mind, however, The European Neuropsychopharmacology journal recently revealed that the THC in marijuana chemically alters our response to negative stimuli, giving us an all round happier approach. So, you might be a gamer who has lost their partner or job, but with a little marijuana pick me up, you can turn that frown upside down.

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