A new study carried out by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found that abstaining from using cannabis for just one-month results in a significant improvement in memory in young adults and adolescents who use the drug on a regular basis.
One study carried out in 2016 found that adolescents aged 16 and under who used the drug regularly had greater difficulty in retaining new information.
Upon testing the participant’s cognitive abilities, the researchers found that those who stopped using cannabis had significantly improved memory levels, even after the first week.
“Young cannabis users who stop regular – weekly or more – use may be better equipped to learn efficiently and therefore better positioned for academic success.”
“There are still a lot of open questions to be studied, including whether attention might improve and memory continues to improve with longer periods of cannabis abstinence,” comments Schuster.