When we think of marijuana use, we often think of many people having problems with short term memory. The truth is that certain types of marijuana strains can actually be beneficial for improving long term memory.
Because there are a number of components related to human memory, it is important to consider how our memory works and how the chemical components of our brain could be affected to improve memory.
Human memory is divided into three main parts that include:
Sensory: Extremely short 1 second or less
Short term: memories of 15-30 seconds
Long term: Our long term memories we remember throughout our lives
Marijuana has long been touted for its ability to enhance our sense of perception and with these heightened senses also bring about deeper memories that we can hold onto as well. We’ve known that THC is able to stimulate appetite and memory since 2014 with proven studies on the link between CB1 and CB2 receptors. What we didn’t realize at the time of this study is that the stimulation of these receptors can also provide temporary enhancement for the photoreceptors that are responsible for a clear vision in our memory.
THC has been shown to improve cognitive performance minimally But it does show ongoing protective enhancements for memory function. By reducing impairment in episodic memory, it is possible to reduce the various impairments that many of us have with memory recall.
The effect of this one on long-term memory will need to be studied further but we do know that it can affect the brain in an in depth way in the nature of how it recalls various stimulants and memories over time. As more testing is done on the nature of marijuana and memory we will begin to realize more about how these items can affect us over time. When we see more scientific research on the neuroprotective properties of marijuana we might consider this as a solution for everyone to enhance their long term memory.
This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support.