An Observational Study of Cannabidiol, Neurocognition, and Mood

Colorado University Boulder is at the forefront of Cannabis Research! They are conducting “An Observational Study of Cannabidiol, Neurocognition, and Mood” One of CanniGrow’s own went into the CU Research lab & subjected himself to the first 2-hour part of the study. Blood, DNA, & Urine samples were taken. Various tasks to test memory & questionnaires on cannabis usage were conducted. At the end, university researchers instructed him to go to a local dispensary and pick up mystery “strain #2″.

*One of CanniGrow’s own will be participating in the study over the next week. Stay tuned as we keep you updated!*

Day #1 Blood, DNA, & Urine

Day 1 of Colorado University Boulder’s “Observational Study of Cannabidiol, Neurocognition, and Mood”

CanniGrow’s own went into the CU Research lab & subjected himself to the first 2-hour part of the study. Blood, DNA, & Urine samples were taken. Various tasks to test memory & questionnaires on cannabis usage were conducted. At the end, university researchers instructed him to go to a local dispensary and pick up mystery “strain #2” (yes, the university has connections with local recreational dispensaries). Over the next 4 days, the subject is only allowed to use this mystery strain. Researchers are keeping details private until the end, so stay tuned to hear more on this cannabis study as it develops!

Days 2-6 Mystery Strain

Colorado University Boulder’s “Observational Study of Cannabidiol, Neurocognition, and Mood”

CanniGrow’s own was instructed by university researchers to smoke a mystery strain (pictured above) for a week while refraining from any other strains, alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, or other substances. Tomorrow/Day 7, researchers will pick him up in a university vehicle & head back to the lab where unknown experiments will be conducted over the course of 3 hours. We will provide you all with a detailed overview of how the final day of the study goes for him & what the next steps are in this mysterious study on how marijuana affects a sample of 75 Boulder residents. Stay tuned!

Final Day of Colorado University Boulder’s Study

On the last day of the study, CanniGrow’s own received a phone call from Colorado University researchers telling him that he should begin smoking the mystery strain and that they would be picking him up in a university vehicle in 15 minutes. He then advanced to smoke the strain until he was picked up and transported to the research facility where he was put through various tests.

Experiments: First, he was breathalyzed. Then, his blood, urine, and DNA by saliva were taken. He was then tested in 2 very different environments. The first environment was calm and peaceful. The research assistant sat him in a chair, and put on soothing jazz music. She then asked him to sit there for 10 minutes while she observed. It was of course very relaxing and pleasant. When this 10 minutes was up, the music turned off, and he was asked if he “was ready to go to a different room.” Not knowing what was next but wanting to cooperate, he complied. The room he was taken to was small and had a table with 3 very intense and professional looking people sitting at it. They had him stand directly in front of them while they explained in a serious tone that they were from a consulting firm and would be evaluating him for a job. They also informed him that they would be recording him, and pointed to the video camera. Without hesitation, he was told to begin pitching himself for the position and that he had 5 minutes to do so. Having been taken from an extremely relaxing environment to an extremely high-pressure environment – all while under the influence of cannabis – caused for increased anxiety. Although he was able to pitch himself for the job rather successfully over the 5 minutes, it wasn’t without some stuttering, jittery movements, and nervousness. When the mock interview was over, he felt great relief. But that relief came too soon, for he was immediately thrown into another high-pressure situation: he was told to count backwards from 1,010 to 0 by multiples of 13. He was not told if there was a time limit or if there were any rules. He got to around 700 when he made an error, and was then told he had to start all over again. Mildly annoyed, he tried asking the researchers questions about the rules, such as if he had to get all the way to 0 to finish, but the question was ignored and he was simply told to continue as instructed. The farthest he made it was to around 600, and at that time he was finally told there was a 5 minute limit.

Conclusion: Following these experiments, his blood, urine, and DNA were taken again. It wasn’t until the end of everything that he was informed what exactly was being tested. Apparently, they were not necessarily trying to figure out how easily he was able to function under the influence of cannabis, but rather how different environments and situations affected his blood and cardiovascular system while under the influence of cannabis. He was also told his heart rate was being monitored the whole time to detect changes blood pressure, and that the researchers were constantly observing to detect changes in mood and stress levels. Other than these small details, nothing else can be disclosed until the study as a whole is completely finished. When it is all finished, Colorado University will publish a full and detailed report on the study and its findings. Oh, and the mystery strain was finally revealed: Blue Diesel! (the other mystery strain was revealed as one being high in CBD)

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