Cannabis Consumers Motivated & Appreciative of Life’s Pleasures
Adults and adolescents who are cannabis users aren’t more likely than those who do not use cannabis to be demotivated or incapable of enjoying life’s pleasures according to a study conducted by UCL researchers.
The researchers say their findings, published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, suggest there is no scientific basis for media stereotypes of ‘lazy’ cannabis users.
Cannabis users do not show any different motivations for rewards and the pleasure that comes from rewards or the brain’s reaction when it is seeking rewards, as contrasted with non-users.
Cannabis is the second most used controlled substance around the world in the world, following nicotine and alcohol. A report released in 2018 by the NHS Digital Lifestyles Team stated that more than one in five (19 percent) of the 15-year-olds living in England were cannabis users in the past twelve months. In 2020, the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed the percentage within the United States to be 28 percent of 15-16-year-olds.
However there are a lot of concerns about the possible impact of cannabis consumption on the development of the brain, and how using cannabis in adolescence could be detrimental during a crucial time in the course of a person’s life.
Researchers from the UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at UCL and at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London carried out research to find out if cannabis users have greater levels of Apathy (loss of motivation) as well as anhedonia (loss of enthusiasm or enjoyment from rewards) in comparison to those who do not and whether they are less likely to put in physical effort in order to get an incentive. The study was included in the CannTEEN study that was carried out in the UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit. *
Cannabis users had a lower score than non-users on anhedonia. In this way, they seemed more relaxed however there was no discernible distinction in the level of apathy. Researchers also discovered there was no connection between the frequency of use of cannabis and anhedonia or apathy among those who took cannabis.