Maine Health Department Prohibits Restaurant Giving Lobsters Marijuana

24 September, 2018, 04:04 | Author: Myra Gill
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Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, told the Portland Press Herald that she had been looking for a way to reduce the suffering of her signature menu item.

Instead, Gill, who has a medical marijuana caregiver license, plans to smoke up her lobsters with her homegrown plants before she boils them. "You can only do studies, and if they're consistent with the idea of pain, you begin to think perhaps we should give them the benefit of the doubt".

It also has ignited a debate on whether lobsters can feel the effects of THC, which is the primary chemical compound in marijuana that provides smokers with the "high" they get from inhaling it. After a few minutes, the lobster is noticeably more relaxed and less aggressive, according to Gill.

The hypothesis is that endocannabinoid receptors within the lobsters could be activated using this method.

Visitors to the restaurant can choose whether they want to have their lobster pre-calmed using marijuana or not. In Maine approved the legalization of marijuana, so the problems with the law, institutions should not be.


But lobster scientists are less certain of the sedative effect, noting that lobsters don't use their claws as weapons, and whether it would make their deaths less traumatic. "We are trying to make the world a better place by taking as much pain out of it as we can".

Scientists say dropping a lobster in boiling water destroys that nervous system so fast that they are unlikely to feel anything.

"The animal is already going to be killed", she said.

"Maybe they should consider taking a page from our book and incorporating cannabis into their practices as well", she said.

The answer to that last question appears to be no, at least for now, ME says.

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