Why You Shouldn't Get High in Space, According to Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 10:33AM
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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 10:33AM
Why You Shouldn't Get High in Space, According to Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Getting high while you're getting high-it's the easiest stoner joke to make about pilots or astronauts hypothetically consuming a little cannabis while their feet are above the clouds, but in practice it might not be the euphoric experience one might imagine. In a recent interview with TMZ, rockstar astrophysicist xNeil deGrasse Tyson explained why getting high in space would not be the best idea for someone who values their life.

Tyson began by giving his two cents on the Elon Musk situation, now that the Tesla founder is being criticized for trying weed for the first time on camera. After showing his support and counting himself as "Team Elon," Tyson was asked what it would be like to smoke weed in space. "The problem is, in space now, many things will kill you," he said. "If you do anything to alter your understanding of what is reality, that's not in the interest of your health." That's definitely not the answer the cameraman wanted to hear, but don't worry smokers, because Neil deGrasse Tyson did offer a solution: self-imposed quarantine. "If you want to get high in space, lock yourself in your cabin and don't come out, because you could break stuff inadvertently," Tyson said. 



Lighting up and staying indoors is something that most 420-friendly are already very familiar with, so that wouldn't be much of a problem. Tyson didn't get into what it would feel like to smoke weed in space, but luckily the Internet has already asked and answered that question. According to a study published in 2016, cosmic radiation in space would interfere with brain signaling, which would change how endocannabinoid receptors respond to the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana. That is not a problem here on Earth because of the magnetic field deflecting those protons away from our basements, dorm rooms, and hotboxed cars. It may not sound like a total loss, but as one of the neuroscientists involved with the study told Scienceblog, the issue of medical marijuana use in space is sure to come up at some point, so it's something that we should be thinking about.
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