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Cannabis, CBD and Memory Loss

We almost forgot to write this article. Cannabis users can experience a range of side effects. One of the most commonly reported is impaired memory. Does this really happen? And, if so, what causes it? And is there anything you can do about it?

What is known about cannabis, CBD and memory?

It’s been well studied and commonly accepted that cannabinoids, compounds of the cannabis plant, can alter normal brain function, causing a number of unwanted mental side effects including short-term problems with thinking, working memory and executive function.

The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, including the main psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC can cause negative side effects by attaching to receptors in brain regions that are vital for memory formation, including the hippocampus, amygdala and cerebral cortex.

But, the extent to which long-term use of cannabis causes irreversible cognitive problems is not known.

CBD (on the other hand), the other primary cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, has little-to-no psychoactive effects, and in some studies has shown to help support memory functions after brain injuries and strokes. CBD is considered to possibly reduce cognitive damage caused by age, trauma, and memory disorders like PTSD. All available CBD evidence points to a safe and natural option for a variety of health conditions including brain function.

In addition, according to a recent study, age and amount of use matter.  Memory-related side effects and general executive functioning appear to be more salient in adolescents. Further, this effect was also observed in all age groups who use cannabis in moderate-to-high amounts.

As with other side effects, one of the most important strategies is to find your minimum effective dose while still achieving your goals.

Getting answers with Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Using Jointly, you can learn about products and methods which may reduce or eliminate the side effects you are experiencing.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

Then, Jointly helps you learn how to use those products to their full potential. You can determine your optimal dose, and learn how the quality of your cannabis experience can be impacted by sleep, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

And, if you have any feedback or ideas for improving Jointly, please let us know. We’re here to help, but also to learn.


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