Controversy over the rumors surrounding the consequences or benefits of marijuana use have been passing back and forth since the 1930’s here in America. Seldom has there been a consensus met, just an agreement to disagree. Then the favorable vote goes to the highest bidder of the day, regardless of the truth anyway. That leaves us to use all the faculties at our disposal and our own common sense to decide things for ourselves. Whether we choose to accept the truth as it really is, eh… a whole different story on human behavior.
So, the query of the day is amotivational syndrome from marijuana. Is it even a viable condition? Even though clinicians go through the trouble to name it, define it, and learn it; they still don’t fully accredit its viability. Next, is it really a direct result from heavy long term marijuana use?
First, let us discover exactly what the clinical definition is. The psychology sites that I referenced on Google explain Amotivational Syndrome as the diminished capacity to endeavor in and pursue life on normal terms. Across the board they all agreed on this concept. In other words, you lose your drive or motivation to do certain things. They also all followed that definition with an explanation that directly relates this condition straight back to heavy long term marijuana use. The conundrum is that singularly, none of them will openly claim to acknowledge its real existence.
Going forward with their definition, let’s observe what we know about how people are affected from marijuana use. No, we didn’t graduate any fancy med-school to gain our credentials, we came through Experience University. Here are some of the facts that we know beyond any shadow of doubt to be consistent developments among marijuana users:
- Prone to drop out of school
- Lower grade point averages.
- Lower test scores.
- Lower intellectual capacity.
- Professionally inadequate.
- Inability to conquer complex tasks.
- They can’t sustain the focus necessary to learn new tasks.
- Hampered efforts for job advancement. Developmental delays in teenagers and young adults.
- Reportedly lazy.
All of that probably sounds really familiar because that was the definition for Amotivational Syndrome by the clinical guidelines.
Further supporting the viability of this condition is the brain research that has been done over the past few years. They weren’t per-say delving for these findings, but there was the answer. Yet, there still remains denial in the face of more proof.
Neurology supports that there are certain pathways in the synaptic connections within our brains called the endogenous system. Actually, there are certain chemicals that are produced from the fats that we consume and the relationship they have with certain neural receptors. They in turn complete the synaptic relationship that instills the physical responses that we associate with certain rewards. The way this relationship works between these naturally produced chemicals and their receptors closely mimics the same neural pathway behaviors as the THC from marijuana does travelling along our synaptic routes. We get the same relative reward from both occurrences.
The problem for us happens physiologically when there is too much stimulation from this same behavior because of the over-exposure of repetition. Whether it is the result of too much junk food or infused with a bombardment of THC, it doesn’t matter, the end results are the same. After prolonged exposure the receptors that receive the feel good chemicals close off and higher amounts of the feel good additives are required to attain the same level of auto response to become beneficial.
Without the addition of these chemicals, there is an exact opposite response from the psyche in which the person has all of the symptoms that accompany clinical depression. That was a fact mistakenly discovered when the drug Acomplia was released in the UK as a means to treat obesity. The objective of this drug was to reverse mimic the effects of marijuana. Instead of inducing the urge to eat, the drug was supposed to repress it by shutting down the endogenous receptors. The drug accomplished that with excellence, but in conjunction with doing so it also repressed the registered pleasure sensations that was recognized throughout the body. The end result was that the recipients went into an emotional spiral that also mimicked the same symptoms as clinical depression from the lack of being able to register basic joy.
With this type of evidence in our faces, how can there still remain questions to the reality of this syndrome or the severity under which its victims are afflicted? Does the way that the academic world approach the subject differ because the words heavy, long-term use in relation to drugs are arranged in the same context of one sentence? Is this simply one more way that we as a society choose to ignore the truth about the effects of marijuana? Even though this level of proof is in our faces?
The controversy runs so rampant around this subject that the academies can’t even agree on the exact reasons that they disagree about the sustenance behind this whole inquiry? Is the proof that we see that baffling when it is presented to an education established in academia? Are we not supposed to catch on that the real conundrum surrounding the proof that they require lies not in defining characteristics among the victims? The proof would be there were it not for the holes in the written script defining it created by years of misdiagnosis. That formerly would merit a measure of blame on the users that were embarrassed by the levels of depth behind their commitments to using marijuana. But today’s users are out front in the open and are very candid about their usage, their time in, and the symptoms they have experienced along the way.
That leaves us now with the only resource; that being a game of wait and watch for acknowledgement or final rebuttal. Hopefully, they will come out with a decision that applies definitive guidelines for diagnosis. That is the only recourse by which those who are affected by this condition can ever hope to receive effective treatment.
Cannabis can affect the way you think and behave to certain behaviors or situations. It can cause a lack of wanting to do something or it can be a huge factor to losing motivation in a lot of things. A lot of the DARE programs and Above the Influence commercials were not true. However, they held some basic foundation to it. Not wanting to do anything or not wanting to hang with friends was one thing they connected weed with.