By Nadia Solowij
Hashish is the main wide-spread illicit substance on the planet, however the query of even if its long-term use may end up in lasting and irreparable cognitive impairment continues to be arguable. This well timed and well-argued quantity offers an intensive and accomplished serious evaluate of the literature proper to hashish and cognitive functioning, interpreting the proof within the mild of significant fresh findings within the pharmacology and neuropsychology of hashish. unique experiences performed through the writer are offered, using the most sleek and delicate suggestions to be had to evaluate cognitive functioning--the use of event-related potentials or ERPs. The author's end, that long-term hashish use might produce irreversible impairment in reminiscence, awareness and the association and integration of advanced services, might be of compelling curiosity to quite a lot of clinicians, researchers and coverage makers.
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Impairments are more likely to be seen in more complex or demanding tasks of divided attention, and complex or choice reaction time tasks. Driving and flying A major societal concern about cannabis intoxication is its potential to impair psychomotor performance in ways that may directly affect the well being of nonusers of cannabis. The prototype outcome is a motor accident caused by a cannabis user driving while intoxicated. It is well known that individuals who drive while intoxicated with alcohol are dangerous to others in proportion to their level of intoxication.
Cappell & Pliner, 1973). The effects of cannabis have also been found to be generally less impairing than those due to alcohol intoxication (Smiley, 1986); for example, cannabis users tend to drive more slowly whereas those under the influence of alcohol tend to drive faster and more dangerously than normal. The few studies that have tested the response of cannabis intoxicated drivers in situations that require emergency decision making have found that this is in fact impaired regardless of the ability to compensate under more normal driving circumstances (Smiley, 1986).
It is well known that individuals who drive while intoxicated with alcohol are dangerous to others in proportion to their level of intoxication. Is there evidence that intoxication with cannabis produces impaired psychomotor performance of a nature and degree sufficient to warrant restrictions on its use by drivers? There is considerable evidence, as reviewed above, that cannabis intoxication has some negative effects upon performance which become more pronounced with increasing task difficulty.
Cannabis & Cognitive Functioning by Nadia Solowij