Everyone who has ever smoked weed knows how easy it is to order pizza and mong out eating it, but have you ever wondered how much of that is just down to our minds rather than the weed itself?
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I’m sure if you’ve actually smoked a doob then thoughts like these have probably crossed your mind whilst you and your buddies try in vain to make something of them in between fits of laughing, but it’s doubtful if you ever actually came up with any empirical evidence to support any theories that may have emerged. Thankfully, some professors at a university have done the actual work on this whilst you were laying around getting stoned and found that there is an actual correlation between getting high and craving junk food.
To determine this, the professors from the University of Connecticut analysed retail sales of junk food in states where marijuana had been made legal to see if there was any correlation between the two:
Shortly after a state’s legal marijuana system became effective, average monthly sales of ice cream, cookies and chips jumped 3.1 percent, 4.1 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. And that was the case even after the researchers accounted for “state- and pair-specific time trends.”
The increase in sales starts at the time of the legislation becomes effective. The effect slightly decreases in the semesters thereafter for ice cream and chips, but not for cookies.
There you have it – you can’t argue with legitimate empirical evidence – except maybe if you’re stoned because you’ll probably forget what you were arguing about halfway through your train of thought anyway. Now we have this data though, we can spend our sessions arguing about more important things, like whether we’re actually living in The Truman Show or what people did before technology. Or at least who’s gonna order the pizza.
For more of the same, check out what stoner munchies food around the world looks like. Yum.