Wassup y’all, it’s ya boy Dan. Let’s talk about weed and chess, a topic that’s got people divided. Some people swear that they play better when they high, while others can’t even score a win. So, does cannabis actually make you play better or worse? Who should puff and play, and who should take a pass? Let’s dive in and see how marijuana fits into the world of chess.
Marijuana and Chess – A Match Made in Heaven?
Chess ain’t just for nerds or uptight folks, ya know. It can be a cool social activity, and it requires some brainpower to solve the puzzle (against a person or a computer). No wonder many stoners are drawn to this game. Some players may even prefer “blitz chess” when they high, which is a sped-up version of the game.
But How Does Weed Affect Your Chess Game?
The web is full of stories from chess lovers of all levels who compare their sober scores to their high ones. Many say that they feel confident while playing high, but their scores say otherwise. One thing that science suggests is that weed impairs your short-term memory function. It’s essential for plotting your strategy in chess so that it could be a problem. However, if you use weed often, you may build up a tolerance to this effect.
Some users report feeling more focused when they high, which could translate well into chess. But you could still lose focus if something distracts you or if you get too high. Some people describe their thoughts as more creative when they high, which could help them win the game. Still, marijuana can also cause anxiety, which could make playing chess uncomfortable.
Is There Any Benefit to Playing Chess High?
Weed affects people differently, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. For some folks, using weed could help them get into the right mindset to play chess if they suffer from anxiety or chronic pain. However, keep in mind that your focus could wane as the game goes on.
What About CBD and Chess?
CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana that has numerous health benefits. It may enhance your focus by reducing anxiety levels and acting as an analgesic. Hemp-derived CBD products are free of THC, so they won’t get you high. You need to verify if CBD is allowed before using it in any official tournament or event.
Cannabis-Friendly Chess Events
The social nature of both cannabis and chess makes them perfect bedfellows. Several casual events tailored to stoners have occurred around North America in recent years like the Cannabis Chess Championship held at Victoria Beach in British Columbia.
Cannabis lounges are becoming popular as recreational cannabis use becomes legal in several US states like California and Colorado. These lounges allow folks to consume cannabis in public spaces where they can strike up a game of chess with friends or strangers.
In conclusion, weed may not make you a better chess player per se – it could help you get into the right headspace to enjoy the game if used responsibly. Always check official rules before using weed or CBD in any tournament or event. Keep puffing and playing!