A new published study suggests low doses of THC can combat stress, but higher doses may induce it.
The study, which was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, comes from a coordinated effort by researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and University of Chicago. “Very few published studies have looked into the effects of THC on stress, or at the effects of different levels of THC on stress,” said Emma Childs, associate professor of psychiatry at the UIC College of Medicine and the lead author of the study.
The study used an edible form of THC to ensure a proper dose, even though the majority of cannabis users choose an inhalable form. Childs explained,
“The doses used in the study produce effects that are equivalent to only a few puffs of a cannabis cigarette.”
Participants in the study were divided into three groups. The first group received 7.5 mg of THC, the second received 12.5 mg, and the third group was given a placebo. “We didn’t want to include a much larger dose because we wanted to avoid potential adverse effects or cardiovascular effects that can result from higher doses of THC.” All of the participants were healthy adults under 40 who have at least some prior experience with cannabis but did not consume it daily. Referencing the study, Childs said,
‘We found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects.”