Published on March 3rd, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Researchers Probe Why Pot Marijuana Makes You… What Was I Saying?
The most prolific stoner stereotype is the affable and ever-friendly flaky pot smoker, the dude that laughingly recounts tales of personal inability to recall even the smallest of tasks.
And while marijuana use has become slightly more mainstream in the past decade with legalized medical pot in several states, the dope-smoking loser trope remains, dogging those who like to puff the magic dragon every now and again. Researchers have examined exactly why pot makes us forgetful, and a new study in the journal Nature details some of the findings that explain why blazing can make you seem cognitively impaired.
It would appear that smoking weed actually can weaken certain brain cells, Nature explains:
“The psychoactive ingredient of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Using microelectrodes implanted into the brains of anaesthetized rats, the researchers found that the compound weakens the connections, or synapses, between neurons in the hippocampus, a structure that is crucial for memory formation.”
Further studies are planned to discern which strains of marijuana cause the lowest impact on these brain functions, so that better medicinal pot can be offered to patients.