Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
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.