Scientists give farmed fish marijuana to see if it decreases stress | Miami Herald

Even the fish are chilling out with cannabis. Being a fish can be stressful, but it can be especially stressful if you’re a farm fish.Farm-raised fish are packed into cages at much higher densities than they would be in the wild, leaving them with poorer water quality, a higher incidence of disease and a greater chance they’ll fight among each other, reported Hakai. Even pet fish can be stressed and depressed by their small surroundings just as humans would be, Jullian Pittman, a professor at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Troy University told the New York Times.“

 

The neurochemistry is so similar that it’s scary,” he said, “But there s a lot we don’t give fish credit for.”All that stress and unhappiness isn’t just bad for the fish’s quality of life – it’s bad for business too. Fish facing excessive stress can get sick or even die, which is one less animal sold for the farmer, according to a new study published in Aquaculture Research.

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