How Does Cannabis Affect Your Memory?
Do you often feel forgetful after consuming marijuana? It is not a secret at all and is one of the most renowned side effects of the green herb. Well, studies show that marijuana and memory are connected with each other in many ways. There are many complications of the marijuana’s effect on the brain. There are several short terms as well as long-term effects on it. Let us get a deeper insight into this and see what science says about marijuana.
Short-term effects of cannabis on memory:
The main component of cannabis which is responsible for causing ‘high’ is THC. When you consume it, it becomes difficult to recall events, even after its effects fade out. It shows an immediate after effect as it hits you, though you may not feel blacked out. While you’re under the influence of marijuana, it becomes tough to form new memories and stay attentive.
Also, different marijuana seeds carry their own properties which affect the brain in various ways.
There are two types of short-term memory: working memory and spatial memory. Working memory is the ability to learn new things. Though cannabis doesn’t damage the overall functioning of the brain, it just straddles behind a little when you are intoxicated. Spatial memory relates to forgetfulness like forgetting where your phone is, the path to your home and so on. So, spatial memory weakens a little when you are high.
However, it is interesting to note that people who regularly consume the pot develop a tolerance towards it and do not get much affected by it. It has an only temporary effect on the brain, and people are not likely to forget important things and events.
Long-term effects of cannabis on memory:
If you consume too much of the pot, it may have adverse effects on the mind in the long run. In one research, it was concluded that people who consumed marijuana for an extended period of time had an ill verbal memory than others.
It is also seen that the persistently a person consumes cannabis, the more impoverished their memory becomes. However, no other effect on their cognitive abilities like speed and focus has been seen.
But one of the most severe effects of cannabis is that it can banish you from the thoughts which are right for you. Patients who are dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) have lower endocannabinoids in their brain than those of others. This hints at why people who are suffering from PTSD are often troubled by the past events and flashbacks. There is still a lot of unclarity on this as some studies say that cannabis helps to aid PTSD.
Does cannabis help protect memory?
Some studies claim that CDD has specific therapeutic applications which help to refrain from particular medical impairments. It has been seen that CBD may also assist in shielding the brain from the hurt caused due to alcohol. CBD is a potential drug in curing diseases like Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
So, we can figure out from the points above that there is still a lot of research required to figure out the influence of the herb. There are cases where marijuana has proved to be used like in recovering from traumatic events and Alzheimer’s. However, the later studies will suggest the rest with more researchers and findings.
by Nancy R. Fernadez.