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Lobsters are given CANNABIS to see if it reduces anxiety and pain when boiled alive – My Blog

A team of American biologists tests the idea of ​​a restaurateur in Maine that giving cannabis to lobsters before boiling them alive relieves their death has found that this is not the case.

The team built a sealed chamber for the lobsters that was filled with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) vapor for 30 to 60 minutes from an electric cigarette device.

An analysis of the crustaceans showed that their bodies absorbed the THC, but the psychoactive ingredient only slowed their movements in the boiling water – it didn’t protect them from pain.

The findings disprove the theory of Charlotte Gill, the owner of Maine’s Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, that smoking lobsters would reduce anxiety and pain during the cooking process.

The team built a sealed chamber for lobsters that vaporize THC for 30 or 60 minutes via an electric cigarette device.  An analysis of the shellfish showed that their bodies absorbed the THC, but the psychoactive ingredient only slowed their movements in the boiling water - it didn't protect them from pain.

The team built a sealed chamber for lobsters that vaporize THC for 30 or 60 minutes via an electric cigarette device. An analysis of the shellfish showed that their bodies absorbed THC, but the psychoactive ingredient only slowed their movements in the boiling water – it didn’t protect them from pain.

Researchers recently found out if Gill’s “little media storm” determined that there were three verifiable claims made from his cooking process, one of which they decided to use for their own study.

“Can air exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, produce significant tissue levels of the drug in lobsters? If so, does it have recognizable behavioral effects,” reads the study, preprinted in bioRxiv.

The team purchased a wild female and male Maine lobster from the supermarket for this experiment.

The marine creatures were initially housed in an aquarium for several hours where they feasted on frozen krill, fish scales, and aquatic plants known as anacharis.

The findings disprove the theory of Charlotte Gill (pictured), the owner of Maine's Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound, who suggested that smoking lobsters would reduce anxiety and pain during the cooking process.

The findings disprove the theory of Charlotte Gill (pictured), the owner of Maine’s Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, who suggested that smoking lobsters would reduce anxiety and pain during the cooking process.

From there, they were moved to the steam room.

The clear box was designed to seal completely when closed and was filled with just enough water to keep the lobsters alive.

The THC vapor was delivered in four hits for 10 seconds, every five minutes.

“For these studies, animals were obtained, dosed, and euthanized for tissue collection within 4-6 hours,” the researchers wrote in the study.

“The lobsters were exposed to THC steam for 30 to 60 minutes, then removed from the chamber and rinsed with tap water.”

Tissue samples were taken from the gills, claws, heart, brain and liver, which allowed the scientists to see if the lobsters absorbed the drug and found they were under the influence.

The team then tested and observed each lobster’s movements and found that they had slowed dramatically.

The team then tested and observed each lobster's movements and found that they had slowed dramatically

The team then tested and observed each lobster’s movements and found that they had slowed dramatically

“Hypolocomotion is a canonical feature of THC exposure in rats and mice, at least at higher doses, thus confirming a similarity of effect between vertebrate and invertebrate organisms,” the researchers wrote.

For the next test, the lobsters were lowered into water heated to 118.4 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees C).

Tissue samples were taken from the gills, claws, heart, brain and liver, which allowed the scientists to see if the lobsters absorbed the drug and found they were under the influence.

Tissue samples were taken from the gills, claws, heart, brain and liver, which allowed the scientists to see if the lobsters absorbed the drug and found they were under the influence.

The team observed the lobsters respond to the hot stimulus by waving their tails, antennae and claws.

‘Tail dipping resulted in a clear leg and claw response and / or strong tail movement,’ the researchers added in the study.

‘The latter is the escape response of lobsters (and shrimps) and confirms the harmfulness of the stimulus. The immersion of the claws or antenna resulted in a distinct movement to remove the appendix from the water. ‘

The team concludes that “more trials would be needed to fully investigate other behavioral outcomes, including anxiety-like measures.”

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