While there are many “stoner stereotypes” that are obviously false, there are some descriptions of stoners that are absolutely true. One of which is that they love to laugh and will do so often. Unlike speech, genuine laughter is pure impulse. You can’t control when you laugh, rather laughter just sort of erupts when the time is right.
Laughing is thought to have a profound ancestral origin, dating back thousands of years, way before we were living in caves and trees. We smile to start showing acceptance to others. From there we scale-up all the way to letting go and laughing. Showing teeth and making loud noises usually happens in the company of others as a sign of bonding.
Laughter is a form of non-verbal communication and contrary to popular belief, not an exclusively human thing. Throughout the animal kingdom evidence of laughter has been found in numerous mammals, from primates to rats, and as with humans, usually laughing is associated with tickling, play and general daily interactions.
Another interesting thing about laughing is that when we laugh we tend to open up our defenses and just let go. However, when we get hurt or need to protect ourselves from harm, we cross our arms and roll up into the fetal position, right? Laughing is a sign you feel comfortable in your surroundings and your mind is at ease.
We are taught from a young age to be on top of your feet from the time you wake up until you drop to your sleep. This is not natural at all. Our bodies were made to be highly active and alert to hunt and for defense, the rest of the time to contemplate and imagine.
Marijuana is brilliant at turning down this ultra-alert mind-set instantly. When you use cannabis, your “alertness force field” is switched off and you it can become easier to relax.
Smoking some weed in good company and laughing go hand in hand. It is a show of affection and friendship. Without cannabis, you would probably laugh just the same, but it’s Just that being high increases the probability of it happening and heightens the overall funnyness of things.
It’s clear that laughing more is probably good for you. But, why does cannabis give us the giggles? Well, as it turns out, the herb has some pretty amazing effects on the brain and our social behavior.
Studies show that cannabis stimulates blood flow to the right frontal and the left temporal lobes, areas of the brain which are also associated with laughter. In this way, it could be that over-activity in these cortical regions, thanks to THC, invites laughter. Could that explain why we laugh so hard even at stupid things while high? Science hasn’t revealed the extent to which that increased blood flow is directly responsible for stimulating laughter, but it’s certainly a target for future studies.
THC binds to receptors in the brain that modulate neural signaling, leading the blissful, happy effects we feel while high. A few reports, like these 2005 and 2007 studies, even suggest that cannabis compounds may promote neurogenesis in some areas of the brain for an anti-anxiety and anti-depression effect. And here’s another way to think about it: scientists have noted that the brains of depressed subjects show decreased activity in areas of the brain associated with humor, and if cannabis is able to replenish that activity, finding a good laugh is going to be easier.
Despite the promising results of these studies, there’s a shortage of clinical trials analyzing these effects in human brains. But there’s certainly enough there to speculate a chemical link between laughter and the THC in cannabis.
Many of us know that laughter is contagious (as are yawns) but may not realize the extent to which the demeanor of other people affects us. For example, when someone around you is stressed or angry, you may develop symptoms of stress as well. Likewise, if someone near you is joyous, you may likely share in their celebration.
Cannabis’s medical potential is well-documented and has even been shown to reduce opioid dependency, which is a growing epidemic among Americans. It can also be used to increase focus, improve sleep and treat many mental illnesses… An excellent thing to have in your total-health toolbox. Additionally, when we consider the fact that marijuana makes us laugh, we realize just how powerful of a combo it is. That’s because laughter itself is great for our health!
Cannabis has this marvellous way of enhancing everyday life.