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How Cannabis Literally Alters Your Perception Of Time

Marijuana slows down our perception of time to the point where we’re enjoying and noticing everything around us right in the moment.

Most, if not all, cannabis imbibers have experienced the slowing down of time while on a cannabis trip. It accounts for some of the stereotyped “spaciness” associated with being high and keeps us in our heads (and in the moment).

Of course, as with any mind altering substance, cannabis affects different people differently, but for the most part, marijuana slows down our perception of time to the point where we’re enjoying and noticing everything around us right in the moment. Artists often rely on this phenomenon to create more work in a session or feel more in tune with their art.

All in all, cannabis is an enhancement drug if nothing else. It enhances the taste of food, the feelings we experience both in our heads and in our bodies, funny situations, and so much more. All of this is tied to the exaggerated slow-motion that allows us to appreciate what’s going on in our immediate sphere.

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Have you ever taken a dab and gotten the “wah wahs?” It’s when your head feels like a balloon and all you hear is “wah, wah, wah” and perhaps a few whooshes, like something out of a Charlie Brown cartoon. This is when time perhaps slows down the most, as a very strong high is kicking in and taking it up a notch.

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Though there hasn’t been many studies on the subject, the ones that have been conducted show that, no matter the dosage, those who’ve used cannabis perceive time at a slower rate. When asked to estimate how much time has passed, someone stoned will inevitably  overshoot it.

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In the study, “Acute Effects of THC on Time Perception in Frequent and Infrequent Cannabis Users,” the subjective effects of cannabis on its tokers was measured using performance based, time estimation tasks. It states, “Congruent with the reported subjective slowing of time under the influence of cannabis, individuals given cannabinoids consistently overestimate duration in time estimation tasks… Consequently, cannabis smokers’ perception that external time is passing more slowly is consistent with internal, subjective time passing more quickly.”

Having the slowing down of time proven by science is something you should now go smoke a bowl and contemplate. Don’t worry, it will only take a few minutes…

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