31 Oct '16, 3am

Cannabis might give you superior night vision

Cannabis might give you superior night vision

Conventional wisdom suggests that eating carrots, or other vegetables rich in vitamin A, can improve your night vision. While it's true that vitamin A is important for healthy eyesight, the idea that devouring carrots can actually improve your vision is an unsubstantiated myth . But researchers have discovered another plant that might actually improve your night vision: cannabis. That's right, your bloodshot eyes might not look very healthy, but there's now evidence that getting stoned might enhance your sight in the dark, according to a new study published in the journal eLife . The principal psychoactive constituent in marijuana, THC, produces the sensation of being stoned by binding to receptors in the brain. One of these receptors is known as CB1, and it just so happens that the human retina contains a high concentration of CB1 receptors. Scientists have therefore susp...

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