Did you know that smoking weed affects how you strut your stuff? It sounds funny, but it’s true, cannabis can change the way you walk, according to results of a new study.
The study out of Australia shows that there is a slight, but noticeable difference in the way cannabis users walk compared to nonusers. Researchers observed the walking habits of people who reported using light to moderate amounts of cannabis. Here’s what they noticed: cannabis users are less likely to move their shoulders and more likely to move their elbows when they walk. We stoners are also more likely to swing our knees higher, which is a hilarious mental image, if you try and picture it.
The authors of the study concluded that the change in a person’s walking style was not due to cognitive or neurological changes. Furthermore, the changes were often subtle enough that the researcher making the observations tended not to notice. According to the authors, “The results suggest that history of cannabis use is associated with long-lasting changes in open-chain elements of walking gait, but the magnitude of change is not clinically detectable.” They also determined that more research is needed. The purpose of the study was to determine whether there were any long term effects of cannabis use, though it did not appear that cannabis affected balance.
When I was in the fifth grade one of my classmates commented that I swung my arms a lot when I walked, and I became super self conscious about it. Since then I tend to just slouch from place to place. I probably move my elbows a lot too. Now, I’m going to be paying a lot more attention.
Image Source: Time
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