Cannabis-induced oceanic infinity
Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and LSD can induce an experience of breaking certain boundaries in the brain, known as the absence of ocean boundaries, which can be characterized by a feeling of oneness with the world and often accompanied by a feeling of oneness with the world. feeling of wonder. A new study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, provides preliminary evidence that high doses of cannabis can also produce this type of altered state of consciousness.
The oceanic feeling induced by cannabis has positive therapeutic effects
When psilocybin labs began to point out the lack of "oceanic" limits, it seemed to be underlying the effects of the molecule's antidepressants, and quite a few hobbyists were like, "Hey could it be that marijuana are the effects comparable? "Said Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the University of Albany and author of the study.
My students had previously shown that “hard experiences” were common when people ate more cannabis edibles than expected. Asking people if they thought cannabis produced these oceanic infinity effects too seemed like the obvious next step. "
For their study, the researchers used Facebook and Amazon Mechanical Turk to recruit a sample of 852 cannabis users, who responded to an anonymous survey regarding the most spectacular experience of their lives with THC. The survey included items from the Ocean Immensity subscale of the Altered States of Consciousness Scale, a scientific questionnaire commonly used in psychedelic research.
Earleywine and colleagues found that nearly 20% of participants scored above 60% of the maximum on the Ocean Unconsciousness subscale. People who score this high are considered to have had a "complete" or "revolutionary" oceanic unlimited experience.
Previous research showed that psilocybin-induced no-ocean boundary experiences are associated with decreased depression. In particular, “complete” ocean boundary-crossing experiences were more strongly related to depression decrease than “incomplete” experiences.
These new findings indicate that cannabis may create some of the subjective effects comparable to the antidepressant effects induced by psilocybin, Earleywine told PsyPost.
But the researchers noted that the rate of "complete" no-ocean boundary experiments observed in their study was "significantly lower than estimates from formal psilocybin trials." In other words, cannabis does not appear to induce experiences of no ocean boundaries as reliable or strong as conventional psychedelic drugs.
“Formal protocols that borrow from psilocybin research, including the use of stated intentions, psychological support, music, and an eye mask, could improve THC-induced breakthrough rates, which could lead to therapeutic effects, ”the researchers said. “Furthermore, since the initial pharmacological impact of THC varies from that of psilocybin, comparison of the two in randomized clinical trials could answer important questions related to the role of subjective experiences in substance-assisted psychotherapy. psychoactive. "
This survey is a first step towards a better understanding of the mystical experiences induced by THC. But future research is needed to determine if cannabis-induced absence of ocean limits has positive therapeutic effects. “We have to get people into the lab to see if these effects are real, and then get approval for a clinical trial,” Earleywine said. “I don't recommend the home game. Cannabis can make depression worse in some people, or so it seems. "