Stoner Stereotypes Called Into Question By New Study

A new study is calling into question stereotypes about lazy and unmotivated potheads. 

The research, published in the December issue of the journal Substance Use Misuse, examined motivation levels in 79 adolescents aged 14 to 18, roughly half of whom were regular pot smokers.

“Decreased motivation is often noted as a consequence of cannabis use,” the researchers wrote. “Previous work has yielded mixed findings, relied mostly on adult samples, and varied to the extent that it accounted for potential confounds.”

Going into it, researchers hypothesized that regular pot users would have less motivation than occasional tokers. But that’s not quite how it panned out. 

At the outset, study participants were all assessed and classified as either regular or light cannabis users. Motivation was measured by an Apathy Evaluation

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