Amotivational syndrome

New Study Shows No Connection Between Cannabis & A Lack Of Motivation

New Study Shows No Connection Between Cannabis & A Lack Of Motivation

A recent study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society shows no connection between marijuana use and a lack of motivation among teens.

A team of researchers affiliated with Florida International University assessed the association between cannabis use and motivation in a cohort of 401 adolescents (ages 14 to 17) over two years.

“[D]espite significant increases in levels of cannabis use in our sample, change in cannabis use did not predict changes in motivation, which suggests that cannabis use may not lead to reductions in motivation over time,” the report stated.

The study’s authors concluded: “Future studies should continue to examine these associations longitudinally to determine whether heavier levels of cannabis use lead to reductions in motivation, and whether these reductions may be responsible for poorer educational and later life outcomes.” Recently, cannabis research has been used to further its medical potential.

NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, “Modern science is setting the record straight and exposing much of the ‘reefer madness’ of the past decades. Unfortunately, many of these myths still remain prevalent in our society, and are often raised by politicians in their efforts to justify the failed policies of marijuana prohibition and stigmatization. It’s is time for America to set aside these myths and adopt cannabis policies based on facts, not fears”

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