A research team at the University of Chicago is reportedly designing an app that can tell pot users if they are impaired or not. The app dubbed “Am I Stoned” uses computer tasks to assess the level of impairment if any.
The research was unveiled this week at a medical conference in California. The team is confident that an app that can accurately tell pot users whether they are stoned will soon be here.
For their experiment, scientists asked two dozen pot users to use the app. All participants smoked marijuana regularly but not every day. The trial was double-blinded and randomized.
Volunteers were given pills containing THC, a compound in pot that gets people high. Some of the pills had zero THC concentrations. After a couple of hours, pot users were asked to complete several computer tasks to see if they were impaired.
Some of the tasks were on a computer while others on an iPhone. The iPhone app required the users to tap a portion of the screen as fast as they could with the fingers from their left hand if they were right-handed.
Another task required users to shake the handset when a blue dot popped on the screen.
The study revealed that marijuana impaired the performance in 75% of computer tasks and 25% of iPhone tasks. Stoned pot users had a hard time in completing the finger-tapping task on the iPhone.
A separate survey revealed that pot users can assess their level of impairment quite accurately.
Researcher Elisa Pabon unveiled the team received government funding for their research, as authorities want a tool for field sobriety tests. Currently, there are no breathalyzer tests to spot stoned drivers.
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