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Cognitive Motor Deficits in Cannabis Users

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Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

Shikha Prashad and Francesca M. Filbey

Read full research article OVERVIEWThis research review summarizes literature on motor system dysfunction in cannabis users and provides a rationale for why motor learning should be included in cannabis research. Cannabis research has given much attention to investigating the cognitive impairments in cannabis users, with some focus on performance operating vehicles as well as motor impulsivity and motor inhibition. In reviewing past studies, these researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have found that, while cannabis use correlates with motor performance impairments, the current body of scientific literature demonstrates a gap in the investigation of impairments in motor learning, and suggests that investigating the motor system may help advance avenues for treatment and rehabilitation through the the involvement of the cortico-striatal network in both cannabis addiction and movement.

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Francesca Filbey, PhD

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