A recent study published by the Social Psychological and Personality Science has revealed some amazing cannabis facts, and says that marijuana acts as a shield against social pain.
Timothy Deckman, an analyst from the University of Kentucky along with his associates, wrote in the report, “many previous studies on cannabis have shown that the analgesic acetaminophen, which acts indirectly through CB1 receptors, reduces the pain of social exclusion. The current research provides the first evidence that marijuana also reduces the negative emotional consequences of social exclusion on negative emotional outcomes.”
The study was conducted in four phases, including 7040 members, who took part in the program. The study was inspired from a prior research that spotted an overlap between physical and social pain. Acetaminophen, a component of many over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol is quite helpful to reduce physical and social pain. Cannabis facts say that weed has the same influences as of Acetaminophen, both of them affecting the cannabinoid receptors (CB1) in the brain, and are used to decrease pain sensitivity.
In the first two phases of the study, researchers examined cross-sectional data from major national surveys. The first phase used the data from the National Comorbidity Study, and discovered that cannabis users who were reported being lonely had higher levels of self-worth and mental health, than those who did not smoked pot.
The second phase analyzed the data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, and found that those pot smokers who used marijuana frequently and had social pain, were less likely to experience a major depressive state.
The third stage of the study used a lengthy plan, which included surveying school students regarding loneliness, lifetime cannabis use, and depression. The same students were surveyed after two years, which highlighted that pot use forecasted lower levels of depression in the students who were lonely. However, marijuana had a minute impact on depression for those students who were not lonely.
The fourth part of the study included a computer-based game, Cyberball, which was experimented with a control group. The three-player game is specially designed to induce social exclusion and rejection to the players, by ignoring them consistently. Researchers found that pot users had a decline in self-esteem and belonging after the game.
Deckman and his associates concluded, “Cannabis has been used to treat physical pain, and the current findings propose that it may also reduce emotional pain. This may reflect a poor way of coping with social pain, but it may also explain the extensive demand of marijuana.”