Not just a high: WSU study indicates pot may relieve stress

Many in Washington State’s burgeoning pot business say cannabis can help you relax. A Washington State Unversity study may just back that up.

Researchers found that daily cannabis users were significantly calmer than non-users when subjected to stress tests. That’s even though all the participants were sober on the day of testing.

“Previous research has shown that small doses of THC or cannabis reduce feelings of stress,” said study author Carrie Cuttler. “We were interested in whether this effect would persist beyond the period of intoxication.”

The study involved 82 subjects. Half of the regular pot users and half of the non-users were assigned to do low-stress activities, such as putting their hands in lukewarm water and counting from one to 25.

The other subjects were required to put their hands in ice water and

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