Cannabis use may exacerbate the negative impact of acute stress

New research suggests that cannabis users tend to be more likely to forget to remember to perform tasks when facing stressful conditions. The findings have been published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

“We were interested in this topic because trends toward the legalization of cannabis in North America have increased access to cannabis and diminished perceived risks of harm,” explained study author Carrie Cuttler, an assistant professor at Washington State University.

“We recently discovered that relative to non-users, cannabis users demonstrate a blunted stress response to a multidimensional stressor and we wanted to further investigate whether an acute stressor would differentially impact the prospective memory test performance of cannabis users and non-users.”

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