Push-Ups or Pot? Gov’t Spends $715K on Marijuana App

“Use of exercise to reduce young adult marijuana use there is an app for that” is the title of a University of New York/Buffalo study that received a $715,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The program aims to develop and study a smartphone app promoting exercise as an alternative to marijuana use.

The project includes intervention for young marijuana users between the ages of 18 and 25 that consists of four intervention sessions, “as well as a smartphone application (app) that promotes exercise/physical activity (EA) as an alternative to MJ (marijuana) use,” according to the project grant description.

“The EA, which will be designed to specifically appeal to young adults, will provide a readily-accessible, flexible, and convenient platform for personalized information and reminders that promote exercise/PA as a positive alternative to MJ use in ongoing daily life.”