Just about everyone who has smoked pot more than once has experienced the giggles. That wonderful feeling that happens when you smoke cannabis where everything is absolutely hilarious. It happens to be one of the very few of those antiquated stoner stereotypes we have held true, that actually holds up, probably because it's the most universally experienced side effect (outside of maybe paranoia....but that's only because they're actually watching you)
So why does weed make everything so funny? Let's find out.
First, you have to know what makes people laugh to begin with. The reason is not exactly cut and dry. Dr. Mitch Earleywine, an NORML board member and professor at SUNY Albany puts it this way “the incongruity resolution” model is one of the dominant theories in humor” Basically that means, not being able to see the punchline coming is what makes it funny.
What does a clock do when it's hungry?
It goes back for seconds!
In his opinion “cannabis simply lowers the threshold for surprise” Will you ever be high enough to find that joke actually funny? There's only one way to find out!
A theory exists from the book The Healing Magic of Cannabis. The book points out that smoking cannabis gives you a “detached perspective” as in you don't think how you normally do. “As you come to think differently from your normal self, it's like having a little stand-up comedian walking back and forth fidgeting with the mic stand in your brain”
This, of course, is not based in Scientific research. Thanks Prohibition!
Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, puts it like this; “Cannabinoids, THC in particular, alter mood because they activate receptors that are concentrated in various parts of the brain that regulate mood control.” It only makes sense that if smoking weed puts you in a better mood, you'll be more likely to laugh...at anything. Even if that anything is a cat wearing sun glasses playing around on a keyboard. Because, let's be real, that stuff isn't otherwise funny to anyone. Ever.
Since a lot of marijuana's side effects haven't previously been thoroughly studied by the Scientific community (due to it's illegality) there's no definitive answer out there....yet. Maybe if it becomes federally legal one day researchers will be able to provide a more Scientific answer..
Until that day, it's best not to think about it too hard and instead fire up that bowl/joint/dab/blunt/bong take a rip and throw on some more of those keyboard cat videos you love so much.