The free app measures reaction time, time perception and concentration through a series of “neuro games.”
Saint Michael’s College psychology professor Ari Kirshenbaum wants to know how cannabis affects your brain.
The Vermont-based professor has developed a free mobile app that measures the effects of cannabis on a user’s neurocognitive function, including reaction time, time perception and concentration, through a series of “neuro games.”
The app, ‘Indicator,’ was developed with the assistance of a US$224,000 National Science Foundation grant that Kirshenbaum received last September, the school announced in a news release.
The app will be available this month for iPhone users and should be coming to Android devices soon after.
The project, titled “Neurocognitive and behavioral detection of THC impairment,” is also backed by private investments and Vermont-area partners, according to the release.
Kirshenbaum is interested in public health and safety protocols around cannabis, but his own interest in the plant piqued following a cancer diagnosis in 2019.
“Many of those who use it are concerned about how certain products and doses might affect their day-to-day skills and abilities, for better and for worse,” he said.
Ultimately, the professor says that he and his team want to create a standard for cannabis products similar to ABV (alcohol by volume) in alcoholic beverages.
Though everyone experiences cannabis differently, the patent-pending app could help cannabis consumers better understand how different doses and products affect them individually.
The app is free, Kirshenbaum says, so they can “get it in the hands of people using cannabis and see whether they find it useful as concerned, thoughtful consumers.”
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