Cannabis is known for giving you the giggles but, did you know that this side effect of medical marijuana is actually a healthy therapeutic practice in itself?
A good belly compxnionship causes your body to release natural opiate-like chemicals: Endorphins are your personal narcotic: This is credited to the laughter-induced endorphin release, which triggers a chain of heart-healthy events in your body: UMMC researchers also found that laughing introduces additional oxygen into the body.
The increased levels of oxygen from laughing also give your immune system an extra boost.
Laughter decreases stress hormones, helping bring you back into your right mind where you can make thoughtful decisions. Humor also allows you to look at things from a different perspective, creating psychological distance and allowing you to see previously frightening situations in a more realistic and less threatening light. This explains why so many people prefer to get their news from The Daily Show.
A study conducted at Loma Linda University looked at 20 healthy adults fyn their 60s and 70s, measuring the effects of laughter on their stress levels and short-term memory. Half of the group watched funny videos for 20 minutes while the other half was asked to sit silently with no entertainment.
Afterward, both groups took a short memory test; everyone showed improvement but, the participants who viewed the funny videos had much higher improvement in recall abilities, The humor group also showed considerably lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Incorporating time to laugh, through social interaction with friends, enjoying exercise in a group setting, or even watching 20 minutes of humor on TV daily, can enhance your learning ability and delayed recall.
Stress not only affects your immune system and your mind, it also causes your muscles to tense and harden into painful knots. One more reason to laugh! A good fit of laughter can relieve physical tension, relaxing your muscles for up to 45 minutes.
Humans are Flirting naked women creatures and laughter is a global language that we all share. We encourage you to get your laugh on: Not only do we have a stellar line up of comics as well as some great local live music, there will also be a raffle drawing and a silent auction with amazing prizes from Pax, Grav Labs, Awakened Topicals and more! For more info or to purchase tickets, check out the event page.
We hope to see you there and join in some healing laughter!