There is no doubt that young adults are using marijuana drug more than others. However, teen cannabis consumers, if they stop for about one month, present better memory and enhanced learning skills in comparison to those who continue to smoke pot, new research carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital unveiled.
“Our findings provide two pieces of convincing evidence. The first is that adolescents learn better when they are not using cannabis,” explained Randi Schuster, the Director of the Neuropsychology Department within the Center for Addiction Medicine at the Boston hospital.
“The second – which is the good news part of the story – is that at least some of the deficits associated with cannabis use are not permanent and actually improve pretty quickly after cannabis use stops,” she added.
According to the scientists, after analyzing urine samples of 88 subjects, out of which some had been challenged to give up smoking pot for one month, they found that those who quit witnessed improved memory and learning skills.
Teen Cannabis Consumers Who Quit Witness Improved Memory and Learning Skills
Even though the researchers came up with improved memory and learning skill in those participants who quit consuming cannabis, they found no difference in teen cannabis consumers regarding the ability to remain focused on a visual task, for instance.
“When I see these data, I get worried that regular use in young users may negatively impact their ability to achieve at their highest potential. One of my big concerns is how this plays out in a classroom and is it keeping them from achieving and learning,” said Schuster.
“What was particularly surprising to me is the fact that these young people who are using cannabis were only (using it) at least weekly, which suggests that even what you would call weekend recreational use is associated with some impairments, which are improved following abstinence,” added Dr. Romina Mizrahi, a clinician-scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.