A new study has found evidence that cannabis can help increase nighttime eyesight by upping our light sensitivity. That’s right, you may be able to improve your night vision by using cannabis – – how awesome is that?
Before this new research, there’s been some anecdotal evidence that cannabis helps increase your light sensitivity. Perhaps the most prominent reports are from fishermen in Jamaica who noticed that after lighting up, they could see better during nighttime excursions. Although, this wasn’t supported by any scientific research – – at least, not until now.
Researchers at McGill University in Montreal applied a synthetic cannabinoid to the eye tissue of the African toad, and they found that the toad was more receptive to light and was able to respond to it faster. To take it a step further, they tested this theory on tadpoles. By using dark dots, which tadpoles naturally avoid, they were able to determine that those given the synthetic cannabinoid were better able to perceive the differences in these dots in the dark and were able to avoid the dots better than their tadpole counterparts who were not given the cannabinoid.
This provides some corresponding scientific truth to the anecdotal reports that cannabis does increase our eyes light sensitivity. Not only that, cannabis has been found to have neuroprotective-effect on retinal cells, meaning it can help protect our eyesight. This is especially helpful for individuals who are experiencing a decline in sight due to age.
So, next time you’re going out into the dark, try hitting a bowl, take an edible treat or spark up a joint. Not only will you get a little taste of what it’s like to have superpowers, you’ll be doing your retinal cells a service.
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.