In an absurd real-life take on the "beer glasses" featured on The Simpsons, the Youth Council of Hancock Co., Indiana is testing out "weed goggles" - headgear that purportedly allows kids to experience the effects of marijuana without actually lighting up.
Students were asked to navigate a maze, map, and mock driving course while wearing the devices, aimed at educating them on the dangers of cannabis use.
Too bad there's little science backing up the so-called "weed goggles." According to Neighbourhoods Against Substance Abuse (a.k.a Not That NASA) spokesman Tim Retherford, the goggles block your ability to see the colour red and "simulate the loss of some cognitive function."
The approach is a little odd, considering cannabis has, um, no effect on your ability to see the color red, and has been demonstrated to boost mood and improve creativity in some people.
The goggles still succeeded in freaking out Keelie Baker, a senior at New Palestine High. Baker told Wish TVwhile "they may not [reproduce] the exact results [of using marijuana], they are very close to exactly what some people are going out and driving in."
A better way to look at drug education? We published an earlier post about a public education campaign in Colorado that provides kids with accurate, honest information on what cannabis does to developing brains. We'd imagine that would provide more clarity than bogus, Drug War-era style scare tactics.