Cannabis motivational studies
When it comes to cannabis and motivation, past research has been inconclusive. A new study, however, suggests that college students who use marijuana may be more motivated than those who don’t.
The study, published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, looked at 47 college students – 25 frequent cannabis consumers and 22 non-users. Participants were asked to complete a series of behavioral assessments known as the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT).
The findings showed that cannabis consumers displayed greater motivation than non-users across all measures of the EEfRT. They also found that cannabis consumption was not associated with decreases in motivation or task enjoyment.
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While more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between cannabis and motivation, this study provides a strong counter-argument to the stereotype that marijuana users are lazy. It may be that cannabis consumers are simply more driven and motivated than their non-using counterparts.
This research could have important implications for cannabis policy, as it suggests that cannabis may not have the negative effects on motivation that many people assume. If cannabis is legalized, it will be important to monitor its effects on motivation and productivity.
Cannabis has been shown to have a variety of positive effects, including reducing anxiety and pain, treating sleeping disorders, and improving mental health. This new research suggests that it may also increase motivation – something that could come in handy for students looking to get ahead in school.