I read a report on a ‘study’ that indicates, that cannabis (spec. THC) makes people lazy OR lacking motivation. I read these comments:

‘Scientists say reduced willingness to exert themselves may explain why marijuana users do less well in education and work’

‘Researchers at the University of (in Canada) gave the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main brain-affecting ingredient in cannabis, to laboratory rats.’

‘They found this made them less willing to carry out a complex task for a large reward, with most opting for an easier one despite a smaller prize.’

Then this:

“What’s interesting, however, is that their ability to do the difficult challenge was unaffected by THC. The rats could still do the task— they just didn’t want to.” (perhaps demonstrating a ‘freedom of choice’.. higher awareness ?)

Then this scientific data:

‘The type of cannabis sold as a recreational drug contains much higher levels of damaging THC than cannabis produced for medicinal purposes, which has more of a chemical called cannabidiol that is better for the brain.’

‘But the new study suggests that rather than making people less able to complete tasks, cannabis simply makes them less motivated to do so.’

‘Scientists gave 29 rats doses of THC to see whether it made them less likely to opt for tasks that required more effort.’
‘Rats were presented with a choice of levers, with some resulting in low-effort tasks that delivered small food rewards and others leading to high-effort tasks that resulted in big food rewards.’
‘Under normal circumstances, most rats choose a harder challenge to earn a bigger reward. But after being drugged they switched to the easier option.’ (path of least resistance ?)

‘THC was found to cause changes in the medial prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain involved in decision-making.’


btw; If you’re wondering what the letters at the top mean.. Turn ON, Tune IN, Drop OUT.. this ‘phenomena’ has been known since the 60s or earlier.. BUT back then it was considered to be ‘anti-establishment thinking’ 🙂

* I see that they used the ‘M’ word in their opening statement, to give a negative stereotypical mind set to the issues ?! :/

“Kia ora” to all members of Te whanau o Kanabosm.. nga mihi nui y’all 😀

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