Medical marijuana has been in use for a long time, and it is still one of the most popular drugs in the world due to its calming effect and the fact that unlike many other recreational drugs, it has minimal side effects. Whether you use it for medicinal or recreational purposes, I’m sure you can attest to its immense benefits in your life—from better quality sleep to pain and stress relief and so much more.
Despite the many benefits that are associated with marijuana, many people have argued that marijuana use can cause laziness. In fact, a number of articles have been published on how marijuana can make someone a loser. But is this true?
Marijuana Use and the Laziness Myth
A number of studies have been carried out to establish whether marijuana causes laziness as many non-users believe. A study carried by the University of British Colombia on 29 rats indicated that the rats became lazy and did not want to perform simple cognitive tasks which they were initially willing to perform when not under the influence of marijuana. Several other studies on humans also concluded that marijuana causes laziness. However, we cannot conclude from these studies alone that marijuana causes laziness.
First of all, the sample sizes for the studies were very small. Therefore, it would be statistically incorrect to draw conclusions from these studies. Secondly, many important factors were probably not considered in these studies. For instance, the studies may have used people who are naturally lazy even when not under the influence of marijuana. Additionally, if someone is given a different strain of marijuana from what they are used to, his/her behavior (under the influence) is bound to be different. Personally, I smoke sativa and I can go about my day perfectly well under the influence. But if I smoke indica, even getting off the couch to get something to eat proves challenging. All these factors affect the results of the studies in one way or another.
In 2005, a study was carried out on more than 1000 adults aged between 18 and 81. The results showed that there was an insignificant difference between the motivation levels of marijuana users and non-users. A survey of about 200 college students also showed that the percentage of lazy students varied slightly between regular marijuana users, occasional marijuana users, and non-users.
Accordingly, though many potheads are considered antisocial, and may be seen as a little lazy, emerging studies show that marijuana does not necessarily cause laziness. Different users are affected in different ways; in fact, some people are even more productive under the influence of marijuana.
Whether marijuana causes laziness or not is not very clear. Different strains have different effects on different people. If one strain makes you lazy, you can find a different one that makes you more active and energetic. As a regular toker, I can tell you for sure that it is possible to stay motivated and driven even under the influence of marijuana. You just need to find what works for you.