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Cannabis use can cause subtle changes in ambulatory functionality

According to new research, cannabis can truly change the way you walk, affecting ambulatory functionality. A study at the University of South Australia, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, revealed that there are subtle differences in the way a joint smoker and a non-toker walk.

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The cannabic approach

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The scientists have found that marijuana smokers are more likely to swing their knees and faster. This at a faster rate than non-cannabis users. They also exhibited softer elbows… although they did not find a difference in the speed or balance of the stoners. They also have found that herbal smokers moved their shoulders less than non-smokers.

Most research on illicit drug use focuses on long-term changes in cognition and psychological well-being. Illicit drugs work by altering the levels of neurotransmitters in the "Pleasure centers" of the brain. But these neurotransmitters are also very important in movement. It is therefore possible that these drugs may affect the way we move around. - Verity Pearson-Dennett

Subtle differences

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If you see a weed smoker walking next to a non-smoker, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. The researchers noted that the changes in gait patterns are so subtle that even an expert couldn't detect it.

The changes in gait were minimal enough that a neurologist specializing in movement disorders would not be able to detect the changes in all cannabis users. - Pearson-Dennett

The small pilot study focused on 44 seniors from 18 to 49 years old. Twenty-two were cannabis users and 22 non-smokers. The screening tests, as well as the clinical neurological examinations of the movements, were carried out, reports the Deccan Chronicle. The groups underwent walking and balance tests, which were then analyzed by a motion capture system.

The main message to take is that using cannabis can cause subtle changes in the way you move. However, many of the participants in the cannabis group were moderate to light cannabis users. Therefore, heavier cannabis users may have more severe impairments.

Deficiencies?

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It is very interesting that what has been described as "subtle differences" do not change the speed or the balance. That is, the outpatient functionality. These differences are suddenly described as "impairments" ... But there are no significant differences between the balancing abilities and neurological functions of users and non-users, according to the study, reports Daily Mail.

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Meanwhile, experts have called for more research. In particular to see if the effects of cannabis on someone's walking would diminish if the periods of use increased.


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