Psychologists believe that the makeup of your brain can be determined (somewhat) by whether you’re a natural pessimist or optimist. It is crucial to understand the difference because an excessively pessimistic outlook can lead to serious mental and physical health problems. While there is always a time and a place for pessimism, learning to balance these negative thoughts with positivity is crucial if you want to enjoy good mental health.
Believe it or not, human beings are naturally an optimistic species. According to a 2011 study entitled ‘How unrealistic optimism is maintained in the face of reality,’ Sharot, Korn, and Dolan looked at this phenomenon. They discovered that on average, people would refuse to change their unrealistic optimism when told the actual statistics for positive and negative things. What you may not realize is that marijuana can play a major role in turning pessimists into optimists, at least for long enough to enjoy life!
What Kind of Medication Do Pessimists Receive?
It isn’t an easy thing to hear, but pessimists must learn to control the way they feel and not get ‘addicted’ to negativity. If they fall into this trap, there’s a chance that no medication will help. Most people have heard of the ‘placebo’ effect which is the healing power of positive belief. The ‘nocebo’ effect is the complete opposite; it refers to a situation where negativity prevents healing from taking place.
In 2011, British and German researchers set out to prove that the ‘nocebo’ effect was real. They placed a heat-beaming device onto the legs of volunteers and zapped them until the 22 participants complained that the pain was a ‘70’ on a scale of 1 to 100. Then, the researchers gave the patients remifentanil, a powerful painkiller normally used on surgery patients.
When the researchers turned on the painkiller, the patients (hooked to an IV) said the drug was working. Next, the researchers told volunteers that they were injecting the drug again, but didn’t do it! Even so, the volunteers claimed the pain was going away because they believed it was working. Finally, the researchers said they were shutting off the drug, and the pain would probably increase. They didn’t shut the drug off, but the volunteers still complained about further pain!
Marijuana Research & Pessimism
There is a litany of studies that look at marijuana’s positive impact on depression and a variety of anxiety disorders, but few take a look at pessimism specifically. To be frank, most people lump pessimism in with depression even though they aren’t necessarily the same thing. You can have a pessimistic nature without being clinically depressed and some people afflicted with depression used to be optimistic until the condition took hold.
Nonetheless, the most pertinent studies involving marijuana and pessimism do involve patients with an anxiety disorder of some kind. A study by neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions found that endocannabinoids could be helpful in treating the form of depression that comes from chronic stress.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that the endocannabinoids found in the brain are chemical compounds that activate the same receptors as CBD and THC, the most abundant compounds in marijuana.
Various studies on rats have found that chronic stress negatively impacts the production of endocannabinoids. When the rodents were given marijuana, their stress levels reduced significantly. Similar studies have looked into the way that marijuana affects the brain, and the results are exciting. The lack of side effects from marijuana means it is worth trying if you’re looking to gain release from the purgatory of pessimism.
5 Marijuana Strains to Help You Beat Pessimism and Look on the Bright Side of Life
1 – Platinum Girl Scout Cookies (The Sweet & Uplifting Marijuana Strain)
Although eating chocolate chip cookies is a way for some people to cope when they are feeling down, we prefer the Platinum Girl Scout Cookies marijuana strain. It is a 50/50 hybrid which is the result of a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison. It has a THC of up to 26% so prepare to be blown away.
It is unquestionably one of the most potent marijuana strains on the list, and you’ll find your pessimistic tendencies challenged as you enjoy a euphoria-induced high. You’ll also love the taste which is akin to consuming cherry, chocolate, mint, and lemongrass simultaneously.
2 – Bubble Yum (The Marijuana Strain with the Addictive High)
This is a rare hybrid marijuana strain that’s a cross between Strawberry and Bubble Gum strains. It has a THC of up to 16% so while it isn’t as potent as the Cookies, it is certainly plenty to handle for newbies.
Bubble Yum is one of the best smelling and tasting marijuana strains on the market. You will genuinely smell and taste the combination of fresh strawberries and delicious bubblegum! The high is gradual but it lasts for several hours, and the cerebral effects will lift the spirits and put your mind at ease.
3 – El Diablo OG (The Devilishly Effective Marijuana Strain)
While ‘Diablo’ is the Spanish for ‘devil,’ El Diablo isn’t the kind of marijuana strain that will knock your socks off. However, it is one of the most effective medical marijuana strains on the market, and with up to 20% THC, its high should be respected.
You will experience a cerebral head high, yet you’ll remain clear-headed for the most part. El Diablo comes from one of the world’s most famous marijuana strains, OG Kush, and is crossed with an unknown African plant, Grapefruit, and Blueberry. One of the problems with this excellent strain for the pessimist is that it’s tough to find despite its popularity.
4 – Infinite Euphoria (The Potent Marijuana Strain)
Few marijuana strains on the planet are more potent than Infinite Euphoria. While it won’t make you giggly and happy forever as the name suggests, its THC content of up to 28% should keep you smiling for quite some time. Some marijuana strains of Infinite Euphoria have been measured at 43% THC!
If you have negative thoughts, take a few tokes of this strain because its high hits you quickly and powerfully. You should feel a sense of pure euphoria and happiness that will last for hours. Infinite Euphoria is NOT for newcomers nor should it be used before any activities. Stay at home, sit on the sofa, light up, and relax.
5 – Blackberry Cheesequake (The Marijuana Strain That Will Have Pessimism Quaking In Its Boots!)
Also known as Berry Cheese Quake, this indica dominant hybrid (70%) contains 24% THC on average and is a cross between Blackberry and Cheesequake strains. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to find, but it is well worth tracking down if you want to transform your thoughts from pessimistic to optimistic.
The high is potent and doesn’t take long to impact you. You should feel a sense of euphoria coupled with a significant energy burst. Your level of happiness only increases from this point onward as the marijuana strain takes over your body and forces you to remain calm and relaxed. You’ll probably end up couch-locked and we also thoroughly recommend taking this marijuana strain for insomnia.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana and Pessimists
If you’re the kind of person that constantly sees the glass as half-full, you should know that there comes a time when it ceases to be an effective defense mechanism. In fact, in the long-term, overarching pessimism will probably lead to an increase in mental and physical ailments.
If you need help when it comes to viewing the world through a more colorful and cheerful prism, choose one of the marijuana strains we outlined above. You will be amazed at the change in how you look at things and who knows, perhaps you’ll become a natural optimist one day!