Weed, or maybe known in your region as mary-jane, green,or Marijuana has been in our lives since starting of mankind. Is it a drug as termed by our constitution Or a socially-extinct medicine, Thats upto our leaders and scientists to find out. What we gonna discus here is Does The Consumption Of Marijuana Effects Your Gaming (Electronic one, duh !) In Any Way, Lets find out :

What is Cannabis ?

MaryJane, As described by a one of its users, is :

And God saith “Let there be happiness”, and there was marijuana” .

Many people look down upon it, many see it as harmless and a good way to relieve stress. to clear up any confusion, Others believe else-wise. But why so much fuss over a plant ?

What it Does ?

When consumed [smoked, vaped, inhaled, eaten as edibles, oil, etc], THC , one of the 438 other compounds in marijuana, gives a feeling of being high :

  • General alteration of conscious perception.
  • Lightness of mind and body.
  • Relaxation.

Side Effects Include :

  • Chill.
  • Red Eyes.
  • Overwelmed feelings of paranoia and anxiety.

Insert Gaming :

Weed And Gaming have long been bound together in a hazy marriage —as well as in compulsion and codependency. After a bong hit, Your road becomes more clear, Your cross-hair gets crisper, And Your ESP Shots go way off charts, But Why ?

One of the effects of marijuana (still debated) is intense focus. As described by a user :

Sometimes it (cannabis) does seem to help me focus on work (I am on the computer all day), but sometimes it makes me inattentive. Sometimes I can work for hours on end, focusing on one particular project. Other times it makes me think creatively, and I start getting distracted from my work.

In an interview with Gameplayer, Alex Walker, the Australian World Cyber Games tournament director, was quoted as saying: “I’ve seen a number of players at national tournaments who came in ‘baked’ purely so they could play better.” Is it true ?

Insert Some Nerds, A Pro Gamer and a normal Gamer And Some Science :

According to a test study performed by the Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands, researchers found that using cannabis while gaming leads to increased memory retention amongst Alzheimer’s patients and had surprising results :

“The Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands recently conducted a one-year study to see how gaming and cannabis can affect the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. All the test subjects played increasingly challenging games each day, but half the group was also administered smoke. Would you believe that the marijuana test group scored 43 percent better memory retention than the control group”

While the notion that Marijuana just might Help in gaming sounds ludicrous, Some studies affirms it, others deny it, We choose to conduct one of our own.
Using Cannabis in Sport as our base, We started out by playing two of our favorite games :

Counter Strike 1.6 (Expert Bots, $1000$, 5-vs-1, 10 Rounds)
Pro Player | Sober Kills : 32 | Stoned Kills : 48
Normal Player | Sober Kills : 14 | Stoned Kills : 15

Need For Speed (Shift. Full Nurburgring lap. Ford GT)
Pro Player : | Sober Lap : 7:46 | Stoned Lap : 7.42
Normal Player : | Sober Lap : 8:10 | Stoned Lap : 8.20

*From the notes of our normal player : “…felt more emotionally engaged, emotions may help with concentration.
Also, “Feel like I’m focusing more. I felt like I was sleepy earlier but the paranoia of the weed woke me up. On my nfs run I was sure I was masterfully doing better than my sober run, but the score says I was the same...”

Too Long, Didn’t Read (TL;DR) :

Giving some more runs, We were able to finally decide : YES, Marijuana Does Helps In Gaming.
It helps while you are doing stuff that is fed to your muscle memory, explaining the hike of score in the case of our professional gamer. It also makes one feel better about itself, One might forget his woes and focus on his/her gaming, But as an final line,It’s hard to argue that getting high and playing games is muting all of your other thoughts. In fact, your mind during altered-state gaming appears to be operating at a very sophisticated level of engagement, So keep fragging !

*Educational Purposes Only, Marijuana is a Class I Drug, according to FDA.
*No Real Humans Were Hurt during the making of this post.

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