Study suggests weed smokers are good at decision-making and have trouble remembering | Cannabis News | San Antonio


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  • New study finds that consuming high THC cannabis can cause memory problems.

A recent study found that heavy cannabis use can lead to, uh, what were we saying? Oh that’s right. Cannabis use has the potential to impair memory function, but will not impact users’ decision-making abilities.

It is according to the researchers of Washington State University, who tested high potency cannabis by observing 80 volunteers who agreed to purchase and use the weed for the study because adult-use marijuana is legal in Washington.

The volunteers were separated into four categories: those who used potent cannabis flowers (20% or more THC and CBD); those who have used a potent cannabis flower without CBD; those who have vaped cannabis concentrates containing more than 60% THC and CBD; and, unfortunately, those who have not participated in any cannabis use.

Through a series of cognitive tests observed on Zoom, researchers were able to determine that smoking weed causes memory impairment, particularly free recall (a psychological term that refers to the ability to remember information in any order), source memory or the ability to recall orinformation has been learned and false memories, which are simply remembering something as real in your mind when in fact it is fabricated or completely made up.

Researchers found that marijuana had no negative effect on what’s called prospective memory, or the ability to remember do things at a later date, like paying bills and meeting appointments. Cannabis users have also had good results when it comes to recalling order events.

Unsurprisingly, the sober group overall performed better on false memory tests than the three test groups who used marijuana.

While memory impairment has long been considered an unscientific side effect of cannabis use (see: Dude where is my car?), the study disputed previous findings which suggested that weeds containing CBD could improve Memory. But what the WSU study also found was that volunteers who smoked weed did not have difficulty making decisions, especially regarding risk assessment and confidence, and that vapers and smokers had similar results. , despite the difference in power.

“Due to federal restrictions on researchers, it was simply not possible to study the acute effects of these high potency products,” WSU principal researcher and psychologist Carrie Cuttler said in a statement. Press release. “The general population in states where cannabis is legal have very easy access to a wide range of high potency cannabis products, including extremely potent cannabis concentrates that can exceed 90% THC, and we are limited to studying the whole plant. with less than 10% THC.

So, uh, where do we register to participate in further studies?

This story first appearance in Detroit Metro Times, an affiliate publication.

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