We’ve all heard marijuana affects your short-term memory, but it was more of an old-wives tale until a new study put some data behind it. Author Jahannes Ramaekers is a Netherlands-based pyshopharmacology professor at Maastricht University who used an experiment to determine if false memories could be implanted in potheads.
“We are all prone to the formation of false memories, independent of cannabis use,” Ramaekers said. “The susceptibility for false memory, however, increases with cannabis. Under cannabis, users can easily accept fake truths for true memory.”
This could have far-reaching impacts in legalized states, as trained witnesses and misleading questions are already used in criminal cases. The co-author of the study, Elixabeth Loftus, is a criminal psychology professor who understands how false memories work. These delusions create chaos to the people around them. Hell, I’ve even dealt with some massive losses thanks to an ex attempting to manipulate me using false memories.
Test subjects were given either real cannabis or a placebo and then put through a series of memory tests used by criminal investigators.
The study used virtual reality and data gathered from decades of research to show people a virtual reality simulation of a fight on a train platform. Next, they took a first-person view of a person stealing a purse, followed by being asked to recall words they weren’t given in the first place.
In the short term, cannabis users were more susceptible to fragmented thought, distractions, and other issues that led to easily implanting of false memories. Weeks later, there was no noticeable difference in memories between the cannabis uses and those given a placebo.
There’s also evidence that long-term cannabis usage can cause persistent cognitive decline, regardless of whether or not THC usage stops. These are just a few things to consider before using cannabis. However, as a medical patient, I already have a decade in and am keeping a close eye on Cheech, Chong, Willie Nelson, and Snoop Dogg. However they die and however old is being taken into account with my genetics. I’ll be ok I think.
How about you?