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How well do you remember the last time you were high? It seems to be conventional wisdom that marijuana negatively affects your memory, but just how does this fact stand up through scientific trials? Here’s the rundown on how marijuana affects your memory.

 Marijuana and Your Memory

Marijuana and Your Memory

By The Stoner's Cookbook

It’s no secret that marijuana can affect a person’s memory. The stereotypical marijuana user is often seen as forgetful and absent-minded. But what does science say?

  • Highly forgetful

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    THC is widely known to disrupt short term memory; it's hard to form new memories while high, and THC impairs the consolidation of short term memories into long term memories.

  • Long live long term memory

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    However, THC doesn't affect the recall of existing memories, nor does it lead to memory loss or dementia. This means that no matter how high you get, you'll still remember past events.

  • Cannabinoids as regulators

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Scientists believe that the body's endocannabinoid system (naturally occurring, marijuana-like compounds) regulates memory formation, filtering out useless memories so your brain isn't overloaded.

  • Long term usage

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Dosage has a significant effect on the extent of memory impairment, but frequent users can build tolerance. Studies have found that memory impairment becomes less noticeable or absent in heavy users.

  • Remember to forget

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Although being forgetful while high is a downside for most users, it's very useful for those looking to forget bad memories, helping people with disorders like PTSD cope with their traumatic memories.

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