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The free app measures reaction time, time perception and concentration using a series of “neuro games”.

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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 functions, including reaction time, time perception and concentration, using a series of “neurogames”.


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The “Indicator” app was developed with the help of a $ 224,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that Kirshenbaum received last September, the school said in a press release.

The app will be available to iPhone users this month and should be available on Android devices soon after.

The project, entitled “Neurocognitive and Behavioral Detection of THC Impairments”, is also supported by private investments and partners from the Vermont region, according to the press release.

Kirshenbaum is interested in public health and safety protocols related to cannabis, but his own interest in the plant sparked after being diagnosed with cancer in 2019.

“Many of those who use it are concerned about how certain products and doses could affect their daily skills and abilities for better and for worse,” he said.

Ultimately, the professor says he and his team want to create a standard for cannabis products that is similar to ABV (alcohol by volume) in alcoholic beverages.

While everyone experiences cannabis differently, the patent-pending app could help cannabis users better understand how different doses and products affect them individually.

The app is free, says Kirshenbaum, so they can “get into the hands of people who use cannabis and see if they find it useful as concerned, thoughtful consumers.”

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