Splendor In The Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing The Impact Of Medical Marijuana On Executive Function

Aging Insomnia Depression Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers

Key Findings

Results suggest that in general, MMJ patients experienced some improvement on measures of executive functioning, including the Stroop Color Word Test and Trail Making Test, mostly reflected as increased speed in completing tasks without a loss of accuracy. On self-report questionnaires, patients also indicated moderate improvements in clinical state, including reduced sleep disturbance, decreased symptoms of depression, attenuated impulsivity, and positive changes in some aspects of quality of life. Additionally, patients reported a notable decrease in their use of conventional pharmaceutical agents from baseline, with opiate use declining more than 42%. While intriguing, these findings are preliminary and warrant further investigation at additional time points and in larger sample sizes.

Information and Links


Link: Splendor In The Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing The Impact Of Medical Marijuana On Executive Function

Year: 2016

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2016.00355


Ratings

(How Ratings Work)

Aging — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Aging according to the results found in this study.

Insomnia — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Insomnia according to the results found in this study.

Depression — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Depression according to the results found in this study.

Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers according to the results found in this study.

Drugs Used

Cannabis