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Ways Potheads Fight and Overcome the Amotivational Syndrome

09/30/2019 | Jonathan Hunter | Lifestyle

In the past, researchers thought that taking cannabis could lead to the amotivational syndrome. Yet, in recent years this connection disproved through studies. Current scientific trends agree that marijuana is not linked to the amotivational syndrome. The number of studies available on the subject is not enough to a definite conclusion. This post includes the best ways of fighting it.

The amotivational syndrome is a psychological condition which decreases the desire to interact with society. To prevent this disorder we recommend activities such as going to the gym or even taking regular tolerance breaks from smoking cannabis. One of the most enduring stereotypes which plague the cannabis culture is the lazy stoner. Getting high from an indica marijuana plant will help you to relax, but does continued use lead to laziness and a lack of motivation? The answer is simple: It depends all on the cannabis plant that's being used.

If you don't wanna give up on smoking here's a list about the best stoner activities and things to do when you are stoned to prevent the amotivational syndrome.

Cannabis Use and Amotivational Disorder

It Might Lower Your Dopamine Levels

Though cannabis doesn’t cause the amotivational syndrome, it may lower your dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which plays a key role in the reward center of the brain. Lower amounts of dopamine can lead to depression and feelings of apathy. These symptoms can look like the amotivational syndrome or depression. Researchers are unsure why long term cannabis consumption leads to these symptoms only in certain individuals. Those who start consuming cannabis before reaching adulthood are more likely to develop this condition as well.

Your Endo Cannabinoid System

The British obesity drug Acomplia gave researchers further insight into how consuming cannabis affects the brain. Cannabis’s effect of causing increased hunger is well known. Acomplia blocked the same hunger receptors that marijuana activates. A huge reduction in appetite was the main effect for those who took it. Unfortunately, use of Acomplia stopped when one of the major side effects was also depression and anxiety. Researchers determined the brain’s endocannabinoid system is integral to feelings of well being. Prolonged stimulation of this system may lead to depression and anxiety.

Fighting The Amotivational Syndrome: How Not To Be A Lazy Stoner

Though the evidence is not definite, smoking weed and laziness go together at least for some individuals. It is unclear why it affects some and others are not affected. Most likely the difference is due to personal body chemistry as well as environmental and genetic factors. If you feel like marijuana might be making you lazy, don’t worry, there are a lot of ways to prevent this side effect. In all the studies linking marijuana use and lack of motivation, the common denominator is habitual smoking. If you smoke weed all day every day the chances are a lot higher than you are going to be a lazy stoner.

Take Regular Tolerance Breaks

Taking a tolerance break allows your brain to regulate itself. A tolerance break should at the least last three days. A week to ten days is the preferred amount of time. The more often you take tolerance breaks the better. If you can’t remember the last time you went more than a day or two without getting high, then it is time for a tolerance break. During a tolerance break your dopamine levels rise again. Your endocannabinoid system also re-balances during a tolerance break. Regular tolerance breaks also save you money since they keep your tolerance low, allowing you to get high from smoking much less.

Start Exercising

Exercising is something which can be done every day and helps to prevent laziness. Besides getting you out of the house, exercises also boost your dopamine levels. There are also many studies shows exercising as an effective treatment for depression. Exercise releases endorphins which are natural chemicals found in the brain which bring you pleasure. Even after finishing an exercise, the endorphin levels stay elevated contributing to a more stable, elevated mood.

Setting up an exercise program for yourself encourages discipline while discouraging laziness and unproductive days. The most important key to forming an effective exercise plan is to find something that you enjoy doing for exercise. Exercise doesn’t happen in a gym or a track. You can exercise doing anything from hiking nature trails, to taking an evening swim at the ocean or lake.

The evidence supporting that cannabis causes laziness is insufficient for definitive claims. Even if cannabis does lead to apathy, this effect is only found in a percentage of those who are habitual smokers.

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