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Can CBD Help Your Memory?

Most people believe marijuana is to blame when it comes to memory loss. This is not entirely true, it depends on the cannabidoids that are consumed. The most common impairment for someone that consumes marijuana is short term memory but this is due to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of cannabis. 

Research at the Colorado State University has found THC disrupts the transformation of short-term memories into long-term memories by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Studies have also shown that long term use could have an effect on cognitive abilities, especially the ability to remember vocabulary words. However, the studies don't give an indication of how much marijuana must be consumed over time to cause this. Researchers were also unable to say if those abilities could be regained after stopping marijuana consumption. 

Here is the good news however, studies done describe how you can combat memory loss with the use of another chemical derived of cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD which effects the cannabinoid receptors in different ways. As a matter of fact CBD has been proven to aid people who suffer from degenerative memory disorders such as Alzheimers. 

Currently, cannabinoids are not approved to treat any illnesses or symptoms as of now but it is completely legal. If research is done and one feels comfortable with using CBD to treat certain ailments than it definitely should be utilized. 

Research conductor Professor Jeff Smith mentions about the studies on CBD; "The quality of medical research that we do here, particularly now that we have this new instrumentation, is identical to what a Ph.D. student would have access to at institutions that are directly research oriented," 

The studies proved, that the cannabis chemical CBD instantly improves cognition. However, there are about 400 chemicals in cannabis, and to generalize and say that smoking pot is good for your memory is incorrect. One must be specific when speaking of this topic as to there are many discrepancies which people can get confused over. If CBD is ever a suggestion for treating, research and medical advice should always be sought.