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Title: Stoner study: Regular marijuana use contributes to lack of motivation, foresight
Source: bigthink.com
URL Source: https://bigthink.com/ned-dymoke/sto ... o-lack-of-motivation-foresight
Published: Jul 25, 2018
Author: NED DYMOKE
Post Date: 2018-07-25 15:22:10 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 314
Comments: 4

Marijuana is arguably mainstream now, but frequent use has its drawbacks. According to an Australian study, marijuana is detrimental to long-term goal planning. Specifically, it affects episodic memory, which is the motor of episodic foresight, or the ability to time-travel into your future in your head and plan your goals.

The study—available here—compared 57 pot smokers to 57 non-smokers in what the study called an Autobiographical Interview task. Every participant was asked to describe either an experience from their past or a possible scenario for their future based on a cue word. The frequent smokers, who smoked three or more times a week, found it more difficult to imagine future scenarios compared to the less- frequent (twice a week or less) smokers and the non-smoking group.

Is this study indicative of all pot smokers being bad at planning? No. Even one of the co-authors of the study, Kimberly Mercuri of Australian Catholic University, said: “More research is needed to better understand the neurological underpinnings of this observed deficit as well as the exact functional implications of the observed future thinking deficit." Which is researcher talk for 'the test checks out but more studies should be done.' (A cursory Google search revealed this 2015 study with similar findings and perhaps the more alarming reveal that marijuana use directly messes with your hippocampus, i.e. the part of the brain that makes you 'you'.)

Although, before any hypothetical mom goes and posts this article on their children's Facebook wall and goes "I toldja so!", there are absolutely successful stoners out there—here's a list of 50. And it's not just the creative arts: one of Big Think's biggest inspirations, Carl Sagan, was a noted stoner. Also: marijuana is safer than alcohol by a very, very wide margin. Alcohol kills 88,000 people a year while pot has yet to do much more than cause you to eat an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.

It appears in the study that those who partake in a lil' toke once or twice a week are off the hook. But for regular "smoke weed e'ryday" smokers? The study hits home the extremely common archetype of the directionless stoner, a look that not even Brad Pitt could make sexy. As someone who has smoked their fair share of marijuana over the past decade, your correspondent here can absolutely attest to the detrimental long-term effects of smoking pot. While it does wonders for the enjoyment of daytime television and the food delivery economy (not to mention CBD's incredible benefits—which is a whole other issue entirely), anecdotally, it's not hard to discern that pot sucks your motivation dry. Get high and then answer this question: why plumb your soul for art or entrepreneurialism when there's a whole YouTube channel of every King of the Hill episode? Which is going to bring you more immediate, if fleeting, satisfaction?

Not to turn this into one of those god-awful "it happened to me..." pieces that are so prevalent on the Internet, but, hey, you read this far. I've definitely had my problems with substance abuse. I drank daily for years after my father died, and smoked pot daily for about an equal amount of time (What actually helps? Therapy, diarying, a good support network of friends, and an understanding partner). While I absolutely believe marijuana to be a far superior substance than alcohol, the findings in the study ring totally true. People like Willie Nelson, Seth Rogen, Margo Price, Jay-Z, etc, are 1% outliers: most daily / regular stoners don't get shit done. In the wise words of rapper Smooth, "too much of anything makes you an addict." Ask yourself: if weed were chocolate, would you be obese? If that's the case, maybe it's time to cut back. Make it a goal. Then follow through and achieve it.

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0)

STreams of

UnrelatTed waTerfalls

The splashings

Are mind numbing

FascinaTing

Love
boris

If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-07-25   15:29:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Gatlin (#0) (Edited)

the detrimental long-term effects of smoking pot

What's your excuse, and what about the detrimental effects of posting anti-American/anti-liberty caca everyday on the internet?

They need to rush a research team to your gated community pronto!

Hondo68  posted on  2018-07-25   15:37:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: hondo68 (#2)

This could be the first thing he's ever posted that he has first hand experience with.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-07-25   15:55:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: CZ82, hondo68 (#3)

This could be the first thing he's ever posted that he has first hand experience with.

LOL

Dooods! Where's the Republic?

VxH  posted on  2018-07-27   9:04:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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