Believe It Or Not


The human animal is an interesting creature to say the least.

We will explore mountain tops and ocean bottoms in search of greater wealth, new adventure, or to simply satisfy a curiosity. There is no end to what the imagination of mankind may next conceive or conjure in order that we may build the better mouse trap, invent the most exciting toy, or reach for the farthest star.

Even understanding that this is a trait of ours, there are times when I simply slap my forehead and opine to myself, “what were they thinking?”

Today’s highlighted story is one of those times. Scientists Gave Fish Marijuana to See if It Would Make Them Relax is the title and it starts like this:

You’ve probably heard of edibles—tasty treats fortified with marijuana oil for medicinal or recreational use in humans. But what if there was an edible designed for animals?

According to a paper published last month, scientists in Lebanon fed Nile tilapia fish pellets laced with cannabis oil to test whether the drugs could make the fish chill the heck out and maybe even grow faster.

The idea, as crazy as this may seem, was to see if THC would give this farm-raised table fare “the munchies” while eliminating “stress” created in the fish farm atmosphere. The bottom line, of course, was the bottom line… to find a way for the farm to create more product and make more money.

Apparently the results were not exactly what they had been hoping for:

As for the prospects of commercially available pot-reared fish, Saoud and his coauthors’ conclusion is a real downer: “Until further research yields different results, we do not believe fish should be given reefer.”

Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board, boys…

Yup, the human animal is a crazy critter. People-watching can be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

That’s the view from here.

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.


  1. When I started reading this I was hoping the outcome would be somewhat different. Such as…”The fish loved it and Rapala has announced a new crankbait, “The RaPotLa”. If for some reason the fish aren’t hitting it you can light it up, take a hit, and you really won’t care that they aren’t biting.!”

    Taking “science” to a whole new level. I think they hit the “down” button with this one.

  2. HA! I knew you wouldn’t disappoint me in your response!!

  3. Too funny!

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