October 13, 2013

Does Weed make you better at Video Games?

Clearly if you are on this site and like weed the answer would be a resounding YES!

You can even look at weed as a performance enhancer when it comes to video games. Ever wonder how that guy with the Gamer-Tag “BigBong420″ ranks so high (pun intended)? However the edge you get from cannabis will most likely depend on what strain you are smoking. Plus the benefits that weed will give you will most likely peak during the first hour of your first smoking session of the day.


If you have ever been to a gaming convention or tournament you will undoubtedly see some serious stoner looking people kicking ass and taking names. Though I am sure there are just as many smokers slash gamers existing on the opposite and of the winning spectrum.

Alex Walker who is the Australian World Cyber Games tournament director, in a recent interview with Gameplayer was quoted as saying “I’ve seen a number of players at national tournaments who came in ‘baked’ purely so they could play better. They clearly thought it improved their game.” Though the benefits cannabis can bring to gamers is not new and is no secret.


In an article published by COED magazine “12 Jobs You’ll Do Better While Stoned,” Video Game Tester ranked in at number 11 on the list. Number one on the list was being a Zamboni driver while last on the list was “any job” which gets at the core of cannabis of being able to make almost anything, for most, that much more enjoyable.












There are those out there that do not share the same convictions about marijuana benefiting gamers. Perhaps your short-term memory was too impaired or you just didn’t care to remember the anti-drug ‘Above the Influence’ campaign commercials featuring “Pete’s Couch”.

The ad stated that pot smokers are at risk of becoming serious couch potatoes, or maybe they should say a ‘baked couch potato’. The government-sponsored campaigns also promote a commercial warning smokers that weed will negatively affect their gaming skills. But we all know how successful the ‘Above the Influence’ commercials were at changing the hearts and minds of gamers.

I know I love to throw on my ‘Above the Influence’ Sweater when it gets chilly in my house and the only other things keeping me warm are my 47″ flatscreen, xbox 360 and the lighter I use to take huge bong rips.


I would assume most gamers accept that cannabis helps them play better but few would have known that gaming and cannabis can combine to produce neural health benefits.

The Groningen Mental Enhancement Department in the Netherlands recently conducted a one-year study to see how video games and marijuana can affect the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. In the study test subjects played increasingly challenging games each day. However only half of the the group was allowed to smoke. The results showed that the marijuana test group scored 43 percent better memory retention than the control group who didn’t get to get high.


The degree of benefits might be a surprise but many researchers are already aware that video games and marijuana can actually be good for you. Games like Tetris have been known to exercise for the brain while First Person Shooters and other action games can improve hand-eye coordination. While the cannabis plant itself is taking off purely for its medicinal properties with the majority of US states legalizing cannabis for medical use.

The Neurobiology of Aging journal published research showing THC and other related cannabinoid compounds will reduce brain inflammation, improve memory and promoted new brain cell growth in older rats. On the flip side, similar tests done with vetted and legal over the counter drugs like ‘ibuprofen’ and other anti-inflammatory medicines did nothing to improve the brains of elderly people.


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