Apparently, cannabis nullifies the temporary urge to hold a job in order to pay the utility bills.
Even smoking a single joint of cannabis makes people rather indolent and unwilling to embark on a career in order to pay the household bills.
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Money seemed to lose its attraction for these drug addicts when they took to smoking cannabis. This research, published in Psychopharmacology, is the first of its kind which confirms this ugly fact about a drug which was thought not to have any serious consequences.
The motivation levels of those who were severely addicted to the drug also went down the drain. These people preferred to remain stuck among the dregs of society rather than build a successful life for themselves and their families.
In short, they ended up as bums and loafers. While cannabis had always been suspected to reduce motivation to work hard for money, now it seems that clear visible proof of this failure-prone mechanism is at hand.
The habitual smoker of cannabis is thus hardly likely to hold a job and may lose motivation to earn any money on a long term basis. Only when these addicts are not high on the drug, do they exhibit the sort of behavior expected from people who are responsible and show sobriety.
When the long term addicts were compared to the control group while they were not high on the drug, there seemed to be no obvious difference between the two types of individuals.
This shows that there is a wide margin and that temporarily even the most hard-core addict may show limited and fake motivation. Yet in the final analysis the ability to delay gratification and suffer the slings and arrows of a permanent job may be too much to take for cannabis addicts.
57 volunteers were studied. The first trial involved 17 adult volunteers who used cannabis on and off in a haphazard manner. They ingested cannabis smoke and placebo smoke.
Then their motivation levels were tested. There was a low effort payoff and a high effort payoff that was greater than the former. The effort involved meant that the necessary motivation has to be there for the money they got at the end of the experiment.
Those who took a placebo chose the high effort payoff 50% of the time. Those who were addicts and had smoked the cannabis took this option only 42% of the time.
In the second trial, 20 individuals were compared to 20 control members. Only tobacco and coffee were allowed to be ingested. The cannabis addicts were no less motivated than the control group. More research is needed to corroborate these results though.