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Getting high on cannabis makes you less likely to work hard for money, study says

Using marijuana makes people slightly less likely to work hard for money, according to a study said to be the first to scientifically confirm what generations of drug users and their friends knew already.

However the researchers found no difference between cannabis users not under the influence of the drug and non-users – at least when it came to a test that involved tapping their little finger really quickly.

The study, detailed in a paper in the journalPsychopharmacology, saw 17 occasional cannabis users given a vapour containing the drug and also a vapour containing a placebo.

They were then given a choice of carrying out a relatively easy task – tapping the spacebar on a computer keyboard 30 times in seven seconds – or a hard task – the same thing, but 100 taps in 21 seconds.

The easy task paid out 50p, while the hard one resulted in a payment of between 80p and £2.

One of the researchers, Professor Val Curran, of University College London, said: “Repeatedly pressing keys with a single finger isn’t difficult, but it takes a reasonable amount of effort, making it a useful test of motivation.

“We found that people on cannabis were significantly less likely to choose the high-effort option.

Read more at The Independent

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