Smoke weed to relax? You may want to reconsider, UIC study says

Nearly 40 percent of people who use marijuana say they do so primarily to help them relax. New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that many of those folks may be overdoing it.

As it turns out, there hasn’t actually been a whole lot of research done on the stress-mitigating effects of pot, according to Emma Childs, Joseph Lutz and Harriet de Wit of UIC. So they conducted a randomized, double-blind lab experiment involving 42 test subjects to see how different doses of THC — pot’s main chemical ingredient — affected the subjects’ responses to stressful situations.

The test subjects were divided into three groups. The first group received an oral dose of 12.5 milligrams of THC. The second group got only 7.5 mg, while the remaining students unknowingly received a placebo.

For reference, this is not a lot of THC. With the help of medical researchers, the publication the Cannabist recently

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