Pot Smoking: Is Twilight Memory Real?
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As Colorado sees the implementation of legally purchased marijuana, the drug is going to be under increased scrutiny, and we should all be paranoid that the days of pot logic being the only voice in the room are burned down. Pot heads and friends of pot heads alike are familiar with the idea of twilight memory, or memory loss of long term, heavy users. Last year a study by the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that took 25 years to complete, by the way, determined long term use of marijuana will damage the human brain. In fact, the study gave IQ tests to children, and then over time, as some picked up pot and others didn't, they continued to test the subjects.
25 years later, those who were more dependent on cannabis scored lower and lower on IQ tests than those who weren't. The results suggested that pot, over time, makes you less intelligent. They even determined stopping the use of the drug didn't return the IQ to normal. They can't say with 100% certainty pot smoking makes you dumber, but this is some pretty compelling stuff. Now a new study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin tested specifically the connection between the drug and memory impairment.
Using brain scanners, the researchers compared normal brains, brains of those with cannabis use disorders, as they called it, and brains of those with schizophrenia. What they found was significant. Those subjects who got blazed not only had their working memory impaired over time, basically, they were more forgetful and had trouble remembering things, but their physical brain structures changed.
The stereotype of the forgetful stoner doesn't end when they come down, but instead, their brain is physically altered, perhaps permanently. More study is needed to know how this happens, and what it's doing exactly. Unfortunately, as pot has been illegal for so long, there aren't a good deal of long term studies looking at its effect on human physiology. Now that the legalization wave has started, yes, I assume it's a wave, like the domino effect, only funner, scientists will have more open access to admitted smokers. The tetrahrydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets marijuana users high, has also been linked to psychosis. Thus, the schizophrenia subjects.
But more research is needed there, too. I mean, the casual user hasn't really been studied at all. Science. Get on it. Regardless, the idea that pot is somehow magically without a single negative aspect or effect is pretty much completely bunk. There are plenty of negatives to ingesting chemicals, whatever they may be, especially in large quantities. As the saying goes, everything in moderation. How do you feel about legalization? Is it going to make for better weed, or worse? Tell us your thoughts right down there, and if you want to watch some other videos we've done on marijuana and its effects on the body and the brain, you can click over there.
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