Scientists have developed a prototype for an app that’s been designed for cannabis users so that they can determine whether or not they’re actually high.
The app, called “Am I Stoned”, has been created by researchers from the University of Chicago to assess the effects of cannabis on cognitive ability.
Co-authors Elisa Pabon, a doctoral student, and Harriet de Wit, professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neuroscience, presented the app yesterday at the Emerging Biology conference in California.
The app, which has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant, provides users with a series of tasks to test the impact of cannabis use on memory, reaction time and attention span.
Pabon and de Wit decided to try the app out on people who regularly use cannabis in order to examine its impact in a “nonlaboratory setting”.
They had volunteers take a pill containing either 0, 7.5 or 15 milligrams of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.
After two and three hours, the participants then partook in a series of tasks, both on a computer and on an iPhone. [Read more @ Independent]