As cannabis continues to gain legalized status and support both medically and recreationally across the United States and Canada, many have taken the opportunity to test the effects of cannabis not only in humans, but in animals as well.
Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, of Southwest Harbor, Maine, has been experimenting with one such unorthodox method of reducing the suffering that lobster’s experience prior to being steamed.
By way of getting the crustacean half baked prior to hitting the pot, Charlotte Gill, owner of the establishment, believes she is providing a more humane way to send the lobsters to their final resting plate, place. In her experience, they become much less aggressive compared to those in a standard tank.
Despite what her tests have shown, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has taken an opposing stance against the lobster pound. Gill asserts that hotboxing the lobsters by infusing the water in the tank with cannabis makes them much more relaxed, content, and docile.
The hypothesis is that endocannabinoid receptors within the lobsters could be activated using this method. At this point, it is unclear just how similar the effects of cannabis are on the crustaceans are to those effects experienced in humans; more studies would have to occur to provide further evidence.
Bryce Fortino is a Senior Politics Reporter at Spruce Tribune covering state and national politics, . Before joining Spruce Tribune Chronicle, Bryce worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Bryce has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.