"Participate in Cheetos and Mt. Dew BEFORE you can spark," a local police department in Kansas recently tweeted, warning "Potheads," not on April 20. continue.
While stoners can turn a blind eye to stereotypes, science seems to be on the side of the police. Weeds affect our ability to think, organize and pay attention, studies have shown. And it's not usually associated with productivity and motivation.
Yet, after consuming or smoking grass, some users feel more purposeful, even more productive – though there is no scientific evidence that cannabis affects the motivational circuits in our brains.
"I & # 39; heard individuals report that they have completed tasks or achieved something," said Larissa Mooney, an addiction psychiatrist at the UCLA drug abuse programs, an interview.
Weed companies and popular cannabis testing websites even encourage the idea that different marijuana strains can increase productivity and improve clarity, although there are no clinical studies to support this.
So, what's going on here? Why do some people say anecdotally that using cannabis increases productivity for boring tasks like scrubbing the floor or organizing the home? Weeds could pave the way for motivation, even if it is not known to directly boost productivity.
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The idea that cannabis can increase productivity or concentrate on one task, as is the case every day, is "unlikely", Andrei Derbenev, professor at the University of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Tulane University, said via e-mail. This has been studied and shows the opposite effect throughout.
"In fact, most cannabis and motivation research results in little or no motivation," said John Salamone, a psychopharmacologist at the University of Connecticut, by email. The same applies to attention and concentration, he noted.
But cannabis could have a secondary or collateral effect. Derbenev said cannabis could indirectly focus on some tasks, such as a temporary reduction in physical or mental pain.
Feeling better can also cause someone to experience increased motivation or concentration.
"Someone's perception is someone's perception," Mooney said. "During intoxication, someone could have more energy or more euphoria and maybe they feel better, at least temporarily."
But many everyday drugs or stimulants that cause buzzing, euphoria, or highs can have a similar effect. "Some people may report the same thing after drinking a cup of coffee," Mooney said.
Consuming cannabis could still work for some people, she said, because drugs affect different people in different ways. But this is still no remote connection to the drug-enhancing motivation or attention, especially if we know that the opposite is the case. "It can affect, that is, plan and organize executive functions," Mooney said.
However, there is still much about the effects of cannabis use. This is because the federal government is heavily dependent on the drug and classifies it as a substance with the highest abuse rate or schedule 1. Formal research means that the drug agency approves a study and ensures that the drug, which is still illegal, is properly controlled and secured.
"It's very difficult to research cannabis," Mooney said. "It's very difficult to get the product at all."
The Food and Drug Administration states that "it has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication." However, the agency has approved two similar synthetic substances that mimic the effect of marijuana on anorexia treatment and weight loss through AIDS.
The national tide turns, however. The federal government has not moved yet, but marijuana (as of April 2018) has been legalized in 30 states either medically or at leisure. The house's former conservative speaker, John Boehner, is now supporting the lifting of federal cannabis restrictions "so we can research, help our veterans and reverse the opioid epidemic that devastates our communities."
Although it has become easier to research the effects of cannabis, it still seems that the evidence against the drug is heavily weighted, which really promote attention or motivation. Weeds often inhibit productivity, Mooney said, but it seems to work for some people. We should not "negate someone's perception," she said.