Fishmonger wants to calm lobsters with pot before the pot

Does marijuana have calming effect on crustaceans?

By Stephen Anthony Sobek
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Studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain.

A lobster pound in Maine is hoping marijuana may make cooking the crustaceans more humane, The Associated Press reported.

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver. Owner Charlotte Gill put a test lobster in a box with a few inches of water and blew smoke in, WMTW-TV said. Gill said the animal was calmer for next three weeks.

She plans to use the method at customers’ requests.

Does the pot actually calm lobsters or affect their meat? A zoologist with the University of New Hampshire said it’s worth studying.

It depends on whether the lobsters react to cannabinoids, the chemical compounds in marijuana, the AP said.

 “It’s just an under-studied field, and maybe they play a role in other animals,” Win Watson, the zoologist, said. “I think it’s possible they have receptors for these, and it affects their behavior.”

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