While it is true that during our teenage years our brain continues to grow, at that age, many young people are beginning to smoke – or taste – marijuana. Although many herbalists claim they are "polite" and do not have the harmful effects of other drugs (such as alcohol or cocaine), a recent study found that cannabis abstinence for one month improves memory in adolescents.
The study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the United States explains that this improvement is measured in terms of memory, a key factor in adolescent learning processes.
So, how is the memory used to use marijuana?
The research was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and is one of the first to monitor the changes and development of cognitive function associated with stopping herb consumption over time.
"Our findings provide two documented data," says lead author Randi Schuster, director of Neuropsychology at the Medical Dependence Center at the MGH Department of Psychiatry. 88 participants aged 16 to 25 from Boston, United States, who used cannabis at least once a week.
The researchers compared weekly cognitive performance among a group of young people who agreed to use cannabis. After the cognitive examinations in memory of the participants, the ability to learn and remember new information improves only to those who stopped consuming the herb.
Why does marijuana interfere with learning?
Teens learn much better when they do not use marijuana. In addition, at least some of the deficiencies associated with the use of marijuana are not permanent. In fact, it improves very quickly as soon as cannabis is stopped.
According to a survey, at least in the United States, grass consumption among teenagers is common, more than 13% of students in high school and high school are regular users.
It is important for adolescents to prolong the use of cannabis because it is a critical age for brain maturation, especially in areas of this organ that are more sensitive to the effects of this drug.
And it's not the only study …
In 2016, the same research team found that marijuana users aged 16 or younger showed difficulties in learning and processing new information, as opposed to what was not seen in 17-year-old consumers.
In the case of the most recent study, it is the first to be able to identify cognitive improvement when it leaves cannabis, but also how much during abstinence this improvement is detectable.
"There are still many open questions to study, including the ability to improve attention and memory that continues to improve with longer periods of cannabis abduction," says Schuster, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
It is clear that if you are at a critical age for the development of your brain and your body in general, the most appropriate thing is not the drugs or substances your brain does not produce, so you already know if you want to reach a clean ten .