Imagine a gig where your sole responsibility is to get high and be studied by a bunch of people in lab coats. Oh, and you’ll be paid in pharmaceutical-grade cannabis.
Now stop imagining – because this is a real thing.
Berlin’s Research Initiative on Cannabis Consumption in Germany is seeking government approval to study 25,000 recreational cannabis consumers in hopes of gleaning a better understanding of the drug’s effects after several years of use.
The group submitted its application – entitled “Scientific Study on Cannabis Sequences for Mentally Healthy Adult Consumers” to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) earlier this month.
Recreational cannabis isn’t yet legal in Germany – as opposed to medical marijuana, which was legalized this January – but willing participants are already applying in droves. That might be partially because study participants are allotted 30 grams of pharmaceutical cannabis per month.
“In Germany several million people regularly get high on cannabis,” said lawyer and chief executive of the project Dr. Marko Dörre. “It is time that science is more intensively engaged in leisure-time consumption.”
Dörre added that more than 2,000 Berlin citizens have already applied for the study.
It’s unclear yet whether foreign volunteers are being accepted for the study, but if that opportunity arises, know that candidates must be over 18, they must not be first-time consumers and they cannot have high-risk of addiction or psychiatric issues.
If that opportunity doesn't arise, you'll have to settle for continuing to conduct your own personal study, which isn't such a bad alternative.
h/t High Times