While it is true that the brain is still developing in adolescence, at this age many young people start to smoke – or taste – marijuana. Although many herbalists argue that this is "friendly" and has no harmful effects of other drugs (such as alcohol or cocaine), a recent study has shown that cannabis maintenance is maintained for a month and improves memory in adolescents.
A study by the Massachusetts General Hospital in Massachusetts (MGH) conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital explains that this improvement is measured from the point of view of memory, which is a key factor in the learning process of adolescents.
So, how does mention relate to the use of marijuana?
The study 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 interrupting herbal consumption over a longer period of time.
"Our findings contain two convincing evidence," says lead author Randi Schuster, director of neuropsychology at the Center for the Treatment of Dependence in the Psychiatric Department at MGH. 88 participants aged 16 to 25 from Boston, the United States of America, 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 cognitive tests in the memory of the participants, the ability to learn and memorize new information only improved among those who stopped using herbs.
Why does marijuana interfere with learning?
Teens learn a lot when they do not use marijuana. In addition, at least some of the disadvantages associated with the use of marijuana are not permanent. They actually improve very quickly when hemp stops.
According to a survey, at least in the US, grass consumption among youngsters is common, more than 13% of students in secondary and secondary schools are regular users.
It is important that adolescents extend the use of cannabis, as this is a critical age of maturation in the brain, especially in regions of this organ that are more susceptible to the effects of this medicine.
And this is not the only study …
In 2016, the same research group found that users of marijuana, 16 years of age or younger, showed difficulties in learning and processing new information, unlike those seen by 17-year-old consumers.
In the case of the latest study, the first one is capable of determining cognitive improvement on cannabis withdrawal, as well as the extent to which this improvement can be detected at the time of abstinence.
"There are still many open questions for study, including whether attention can be improved and remembering continues to improve with longer periods of cannabis abstinence," says Schuster, psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School.
It is clear that if you are at a decisive age for the development of the brain and body in general, the most recommended is not drugs or substances that your brain does not generate, so you already know if you want to get a clean ten.