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Cannabis researchers say it’s high time to drop ‘lazy stoner’ stereotype

By Hannah Devlin

02 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

According to the latest research, cannabis users are no more likely to lack motivation or act lazier as compared with non-users. However, the levels of motivation may drop under the influence.

Cannabis users are often depicted as lazy “stoners” whose life ambitions span little further than lying on the sofa eating crisps. But research from the University of Cambridge challenges this stereotype, showing that regular users appear no more likely to lack motivation compared with non-users.

The research also found no difference in motivation for rewards, pleasure taken from rewards, or the brain’s response when seeking rewards, compared with non-users.

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