If you ever smoked pot (or consumed it in any other way), then you’re already acquainted with the interrelationship between cannabis and the dazzling effect it has on our perception on all things of humor-related.
It’s pretty common knowledge that marijuana has this kind of impact on our mind, but the scientific details are still relatively vague for the everyday stoner.
So we should touch up on this interesting sciency stuff first, and after that suggest a couple of strains that are the absolute best for an “upgraded” laughing experience.
Dissection of laughter
Laughing is quite an elaborate impulse. We’re completely unable to control it, because it just spontaneously happens for a number of different reasons like joy, pleasure, bliss, excitement, amusement and of course fun.
It’s also very closely connected with social interactions, and this research shows that a person is 30 times more likely to laugh out loud in someone’s company, rather than alone.
There is another fascinating aspects of laughing, called the mirror effect.
Humans have mirror neurons that catch subtle signals from other people, and mimic their feelings at that given time. Because of this we usually respond to smiling with a smile, or when someone yawns we also have to do it.
The same goes with negative emotions, if we see someone looking really sad or angry, you can feel the change in your mood right away.
These mirror neurons can be attributed for causing empathy, and they are found in numerous regions inside the brain.
This of course goes either way, and marijuana can definitely make you smile even harder when you see someone giggling, especially if you find them cute.
Other hypotheses include this one, which reveals that laughter most likely evolved from panting, which is a regular occurrence in various apes that occur when they are tickled, or during playtime, when they’re having hella fun among each other.
Your brain on marijuana
Cannabis affects the brain by engaging the endocannabinoid system, which is basically a network that consists of cell receptors, and the corresponding molecules that can connect with them.
When we get high, the mind altering THC (and other cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana) engage these cell receptors, and that automatically causes several different reactions within the brain itself.
The endocannabinoid system regulates neurotransmitters, which are chemical transportation devices that allow communication among brain cells. Neurotransmitters are also called neurons.
THC and the gang activate the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, who are the main culprits behind the outburst of elevated mood and positivity.
Dopamine is linked with pleasure, overall feelings of self-worth and reward, causing the well-known euphoria, while serotonin is in charge of happiness. Lacking of serotonin is also very closely tied with depression.
This of course doesn’t mean that every time you blaze a joint you’ll be rolling on the floor with teary eyes.
Dependant on the mood you’re in, and the setting you’re surrounded with, marijuana can have some amazing joyous effects, but it can also intensify some negative feelings, if your state of mind isn’t at the right place.
We suggest consuming weed surrounded by the people you love, because it’s simply the best possible surrounding available.
The Detached Perspective Phenomenon
Ever had the feeling your thought patterns are kind of outlandish when high?
Like you have an inner comedian that’s sarcastic or ironic at times?
Do not fret, because you’re definitely not the only one.
This phenomenon occurs because of additional blood (thus more oxygen) enters your brain, activating the sections in the right hemisphere that are in charge of cognitive processes like comprehending complicated metaphors and poetry.
Also called divergent thinking, the detached perspective allows us to view our reality in a different light, oftenly with a humourous spin on things.
Divergent thinking is also one of the reasons many of us have sudden attacks of creativity while faded, and can connect seemingly unconnectable theories and ideas.
Another important variable is that everyone is affected by THC in a different manner.
This was first noticed by the Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam, the man who discovered tetrahydrocannabinol, and the main reasons behind this are attributed to genetics, overall health, personal tolerance to THC, a person’s unique biochemistry, and your sex.
So depending if you’re old or young, healthy or sick, a boy or a girl, very tolerant or non tolerant at all, these factors can have a very important role in how much you’ll get high, or how funny will things will be while intoxicated with THC.
A Rush of Blood to the Head
Besides activating the chemical compounds within the body and the brain, marijuana also does wonders by changing the amount of blood that goes into your mind.
As soon as the THC kicks in, you can expect a surge of blood going to the sections of the brain that boosts the probability for the creation of laughter.
The way this works is that blood brings much needed precious oxygen to the brain (which it requires to function), and when the amount of blood is elevated, the amount of oxygen also rises, which amplifies the activity in these particular regions.
Those are the right frontal and the left temporal lobe, and scientists discovered that the patients who are suffering from injuries or have other issues of this portion of the brain experience the decline in appreciation for comedy and humour, they smile and laugh less frequently, and lose to some degree the effect overall emotions can have on them.
This part of the brain is also responsible for processing verbal and working memory, and because cannabis sends additional blood to this region, it’s very possible that this is another reason why pot stimulates laughing.
To sum it up, puffing the green can undoubtedly lift your spirits, which in turn definitely makes you laugh and smile like a madman.
Naturally we have to advise you how to maximize your smile-potential, so here are a couple of strains perfect for laughing.
What Strain Makes You Laugh the Most
Of course there is no absolute correct answer to this question, but in my own humble opinion these are some of the closest contenders.
This noble strain (a hybrid of OG Kush and Sour Diesel), is the quintessence of sativa power; lots of energy, readiness for social contact, and of course, giggles on fleek!
Also a powerful sativa (18% THC), Laughing Buddha is a cross breed between Thai and Jamaican landrace strains. You can expect your mind pleasantly activated, without any anxiety and social awkwardness. Perfect for a daytime comedy marathon.
With its truly amazing water-dripping-from-my-mouth mango taste, Mango Kush is a moderately strong (16% THC) indica-dominant strain that will leave your energy levels intact, and at the same time keeping your buzz relaxed and upbeat.
Ghost Train Haze
Even though hybrids and indicas usually have the biggest amount of THC, GTH is one of the most potent sativas there is, with a staggering 27% THC. The high is quite cerebral (one may say that it borders on psychedelic), so expect a giggly and super-hazy ride.
A mighty indica with a somewhat unknown background, it’s believed to be a descendant of Purple Urkle, one of the most popular indica strains around. Also in the heavyweight league (25% THC), you can expect some hardcore results, so you should probably try some gentler strains if you just started playing this green game of ours.