A team of scientists from the University of Chicago have came up with a truly interesting idea of an app. This software should come to the help of marijuana consumers and prevent possible negative effects that result from excessive use of the drug. The app has a suggestive name, Am I Stoned, and should tell people if they are actually high.
The Am I Stoned app tells you how stoned you are
This week, another scientific event took place in California. During the Emerging Biology conference, researchers from Chicago presented their prototype of an app that might soon come to the help of marijuana enthusiasts. The app, called Am I Stoned, has undergone testing, and might soon become a reality.
To test Am I Stoned, researchers ran a trial on 24 people who were regular consumers of marijuana. At first, they were given pills with different quantities of THC. These pills either had no THC, or contained 7.5 or 15 milligrams of substance. After two hours, they had to perform some tests that could tell if they were high or not. These tasks were available either on a mobile app or on a desktop.
The app assesses your performance on a series of tasks
For instance, one such test asked the participants to tap a button repeatedly with two fingers of their non-dominant hand. Another one required a phone shaking whenever they saw a blue dot on the screen. There were various tests which should assess the degree of impairment these people felt.
When the results came, researchers noticed an impairment in three of the four tests performed on desktop, but only in one of the four available on mobile. Also, these people didn’t really need the Am I Stoned app to assess their own ‘highness’. They were pretty good at telling how bad their results will be.
The purpose of the Am I Stoned app is to show how subtle are some marijuana effects. Researchers have received government funding to develop the app, in an attempt to stop stoned drivers for getting in their cars and putting themselves at risk.
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