Pardon me for a bit of levity when there’s the very scary threat of war in the headlines (thought this provided a useful look at some key issues), not to mention yet another winter Armageddon that’s shut down my region (that’s enough, winter!!). But this snippet from Jerry Brown yesterday on how he’s worried that legalizing pot would reduce productivity reminded of this interesting research on spiders I recalled reading about years ago.
“The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay. But there is a tendency to go to extremes…And all of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?”
Spiders…are infinitely interesting when they get stoned because the effects of the drug are clear in the odd-looking webs they build afterwards.
Basically, when spiders get high, their productivity as measured by web production, does in fact seem to fall pretty dramatically as the pictures below reveal. Now, I recalled reading something else about this that found that spiders on pot eventually finished their webs but they just weren’t all in a big, spidery rush about it. (I imagine they uncharacteristically stopped and just observed their work—“wow…I can’t believe this awesome web I’m building…I’ve never really stopped to look at before…amazing…”)
And just to be clear, the spiders on caffeine—a highly abused substance in workplaces across the globe—didn’t have such great outcomes either.