One of the most important questions that first-time cannabis smokers often ask is “Does smoking cannabis affect a person’s short-term memory?” The short answer is “YES.” However, acknowledging this opens the door to smoking weed in a way that minimizes its negative impact. Anyone who smokes weed on a regular basis is well aware of the ways it impacts their short-term memory.
Whether it’s about forgetting what someone just said to you, forgetting what you just said to them, or getting halfway through what you were saying and forgetting the rest, the effects are easy to perceive. Here are 7 short-term effects on the different facets of a person’s short-term memory:
- Attention – while attention is not a form of short-term memory, memory is completely dependent on paying attention. Understanding how cannabis adversely affects our short-term memory might not be possible without understanding how it impacts our ability to pay attention.
- Emotional memory – although they are typically minimal in nature, the short-term effects on emotional memory are always present. With the exception of remembering negative emotional cues, emotional processing is usually uninhibited.
- Learning and memory – when it comes to cannabis adversely affecting learning and memory, research findings clearly indicate a clear correlation. Not so surprisingly, consuming more cannabis resulted in decreased or poor recall. That is one of the reasons that students get poor grades when they use these substances.
- Motor memory – studies show that cannabis reduces motor inhibition, in other words, your ability to stop an ongoing task. This was tested by employing a “stop signal” task – starting a motor action on a start signal then halting it on a stop signal.
- Spatial memory – the ability to recognize and remember specific environmental details is known as spatial memory. It’s what enables us to find our way out of a maze or recall where we left our car or house keys.
- Verbal memory – cannabis adversely impacts verbal and non-verbal memory alike. It’s one of the more observable effects of smoking cannabis. When this type of memory is affected, it’s often difficult to keep track of conversations. However, it is short term and wears off eventually when you stop smoking it.
- Working memory – this is the ability of a person to process information in real time. It’s typically utilized in the learning process and enables you to build connections. It’s also about your ability to further process a train of thought.
Although we have a considerable way to go when it comes to understanding how cannabis impacts memory, we do know it’s likely to be negative. However, for the best smoking experience, check out the high-quality accessories at Tank Glass by e-mailing your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.