Recently published research shows that the use of cannabis is not independently linked to a loss of motivation among adolescents. The study was conducted over a two-year period by a team of researchers associated with the Florida International University. Study results were published in the Journal of the “International Neuropsychological Society.”
The study’s authors note that a decrease in motivation is commonly mentioned as a consequence of marijuana. However, prior studies have largely centered on adults and have yielded different results. For their study, the researchers recruited more than 400 subjects aged between 14 and 17. Each subject had to complete a quintet of biannual assessments during the study.
The investigators evaluated the motivation of each participant by using two self-reported questionnaires: the Motivation and Engagement Scale and the Apathy Evaluation Scale, which comprise of subscales that measure the value, self-effectiveness, planning, persistence and disengagement that the subjects place on school. In addition, the investigators asked every participant about their use of tobacco, cannabis and alcohol during each evaluation and conducted an analysis of the data to model patterns of motivation and the use of marijuana over time.
The study’s raw results show that the use of marijuana grew considerably, as did the lack of engagement and motivation. The greater use of marijuana was linked to less valuing of school, lower planning and more disengagement. It should be noted, however, that once the data was controlled for variables including the effects of other factors such as depression, sex and age, as well as the participants’ reported use of tobacco and alcohol, the team discovered little evidence that the use of marijuana had an effect on motivation.
In their report, the study’s authors stated that their findings didn’t support a relationship between a decline in motivation and the use of marijuana over time. The researchers also noted that the study didn’t show a loss of motivation over time, even when respondents reported a considerable increase in the use of marijuana.
The researchers explained that the change in the use of marijuana didn’t forecast changes in motivation, despite the increase in the levels of marijuana use, which proposes that the use of marijuana may not cause a decline in motivation over time. The researchers also noted that future study will continue to examine these links longitudinally in order to determine if heavier levels of marijuana use leads to a decrease in motivation.
In a press release, NORML deputy director Paul Armentano stated that these findings served to destroy outdated stereotypes about marijuana.
It looks like the cannabis industry, including players such as Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) have one less myth to contend with, thanks to the research done by the Florida International University team.
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