Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a new study.

Source: Consumption of alcohol and marijuana associated with lower GPA in college: Medium-to-high consumption of both substances associated with lower college GPA over two years — ScienceDaily

You will probably see this as front-page news in the mainstream media.  Self-important people will be smugly saying “I told you so”, and many naive people will believe the implication– that marijuana and alcohol CAUSE lower grade scores.

Has it ever occurred to them what happens to the student that lacks good study habits, or parents that push them to study,  or lacks the self-discipline to pay attention in school, or hangs with the wrong crowd and is distracted by alternate interests, like cars, dating, social networks, video games, etc?  That type of student will not only struggle more in school, but will be more likely to associate with similar struggling students who find yet ANOTHER distraction:  getting high!  It feels good, is fun, and helps them to forget their misery in school.

Time and time again, I see misplaced causality.  Many legitimate studies have have debunked cannabis as the causal agent, and attributed the cause to be as I have just suggested– socioeconomic conditions are the cause of the marijuana or alcohol (or other intoxicants) use, not vice versa.  What is more fun– playing computer games or studying?  Without parental pressure to do the latter, kids will succumb to distractions and THAT causes poor studying habits and increased struggles.  Finding yet another distraction (getting high) is a natural follower.

AuntieBS

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Smoking the equivalent of a single ‘spliff’ of cannabis makes people less willing to work for money while ‘high,’ finds a new study. The research is the first to reliably demonstrate the short-term effects of cannabis on motivation in humans. The researchers also tested motivation in people who were addicted to cannabis but not high during the test, and found that their motivation levels were no different to volunteers in the control group.

Source: Cannabis reduces short-term motivation to work for money: Smoking the equivalent of a single ‘spliff’ of cannabis makes people less willing to work for money while ‘high’ — ScienceDaily

Duh, ya think????  Anyone with any experience with cannabis could have told you this without and grant money or research.  It’s like asserting that having alcohol can be relaxing or that drinking too much can make one tipsy.

It’s sad that we spend money on foolishness like this instead of researching the true medical benefits of cannabis.

AuntieBS

New research suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness — at least in rats.

Source: THC in marijuana makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks — ScienceDaily