Smoking marijuana may give humans the gift of enhanced night vision, according to the latest findings published in the journal eLife.
In a study of tadpoles, Canadian researchers said marijuana showed promising results in giving the creatures better vision in the dark. The study goes on to suggests that since the herb makes cells in the retina more sensitive to light, patients with degenerative eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa may benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
As it was reported earlier this week in The Guardian, M.E. West of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica made this discovery more than two decades ago, when he noticed the local fisherman seemed to have “an uncanny ability to see in the dark” after they had consumed cannabis.
“It was impossible to believe that anyone could navigate a boat without compass and without light in such treacherous surroundings,” West recalls