ME restaurant sedates lobsters with marijuana

Lobster pot Restaurant gets shellfish high on marijuana prior to cooking

Lobster pot Restaurant gets shellfish high on marijuana prior to cooking

While the crustaceans do, in fact, feel pain, contrary to a popular myth, lobsters do not scream when cooked as they do not possess vocals cords.

A ME restaurant was trying to get their lobsters high with marijuana smoke before the crustaceans are boiled alive, to lessen their pain, a report said.

But she does say it tastes better, because a happier animal makes better meat.

The question of whether or not lobsters or other related species feel pain the way we think of it has intrigued researchers and plain old home kitchen chefs for some time.

"The reason for keeping it so long, I wanted to make sure there were no adverse affects", Gill said.

"There's no absolute proof, but you keep running experiments and nearly everything I looked at came out consistent with the idea of pain in these animals", animal behaviour professor Robert Elwood told The New York Times earlier this year. She tells TV station WMTW the crustacean was calmer for the next three weeks.

Gill plans to use the new method at customers' requests, and then build a larger tank to sedate multiple lobsters at once.

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In an interview with The New Inquiry, veterinarian Dr. Andrew Springer Browne said that domestic pets like dogs and cats can feel the effects of marijuana, but described the phenomenon in unwitting animals as "a very bad trip rather than being stoned or high". "It is far more humane to make it a kinder passage".

According to Gill, the experiment proved the treatment sedated lobsters and therefore could make their deaths less inhumane.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in ME earlier this year, and Gill, an animal rights supporter, has a medical marijuana caregiver license.

Dr Robert Elwood, a professor emeritus of animal behavior at Queen's University Belfast, is one scientist who's been conducting experiments to that effect for much of his career.

But the bid to be humane and lessen the suffering of the lobsters as they are boiled alive might be in vain as the animals might not necessarily have the receptors needed to get "stoned", a report on the Verge said. Now, she's shifted her focus from making cannabis ice creams to cannabis crustacean.

Lest anyone see lobster as the next big craze in getting blazed, Gill assures everyone that no THC (the psychoactive ingredient that gets people high) is transferred to the lobster meat during the 'smoking'. After being diagnosed with depression in college, Gill was prescribed an antidepressant called Zoloft, which she took regularly until going trough a weening process a couple years ago.

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