How Does CBD Affect Our Memory?

December 21, 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been negatively affected by the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is even true when it comes to memory. THC has been studied for far longer than CBD. As a result, we know how THC negatively affects cognitive functions.

Long term use of THC has been proven to cause the hippocampus to shrink. This is the part of the temporal lobe that is associated with memory. As a result, THC is blamed for people who partake often to have a bad memory.

Short term memory loss is the main culprit caused by extensive use of THC. Studies actually suggest that users who experiment with THC products will not be affected in the long term. Any damage caused will be repaired in a matter of weeks.

It has been proven time and again that CBD is effective in helping those with cognitive disorders. Such things as PTSD, epilepsy, and more have shown results from using CBD. It is even suggested by the National Institute of Health that CBD can actually improve memory.

Is this possible? In this article, we will take a closer look at CBD and how it can assist with memory. More research will be needed for more precise answers. What we do know, according to the World Health Organization, is that CBD is not going to have a negative effect on those who use it.

CBD Effects and How They Interact with THC

The first thing to look at is how CBD can possibly have a positive effect on memory. Given that CBD comes from the same plants that provide THC, it is interesting to even consider it could help with memory.

A study that was conducted on mice from 2.5 months old for a period of 8 months produced very promising results. The study was printed in Frontiers and showed the mice showed signs of reversed cognitive disorders. This suggests that any damage done by THC could effectively be repaired through the use of CBD over a period of time. This improves both objection recognition memory as well as social recognition memory.

It is important to note that one of the effects of THC on the brain is that it inhibits the desire of the individual to learn.  Add to this the effect it has on the ability to create and maintain short-term memory through extensive use, and you have a combination for memory problems.

CBD blocks the receptors in the brain that causes the euphoric feeling individuals enjoy when using THC. This allows the brain to "rewire" itself. The pathways created by THC use can be undone and the ability to access memories can become easier to accomplish.

How to Reverse Cognitive Issues

There is enough evidence to suggest simply by using CBD, you could improve your memory. Buying such products as an oil vaporizer may allow you to help improve your memory. This is due in part to the desire to utilize substances less frequently. CBD has been shown to curb the desire to partake in substances with even more damaging effects than THC. It has been used for drug use therapy with great effect.

Another way utilizing CBD, or a variety of other products, can assist you with memory loss, is the ability to be more active. The euphoria connected with THC use causes many people to also be less active. Being active has a direct connection with brain function. Having activity level above 30 minutes a day allows you to have increased blood flow for higher cognitive functions.

Final Thoughts

While more research is being conducted on CBD to find out exactly how it can assist with memory, one thing we know for certain is it will not hurt. Trying out various CBD products could put you on the pathway to better memory. Best of all, it is legal in more locations than THC is. It can even be found at many gas stations.

Combining the use of CBD along with other ways to improve memory will only lead to a better life. Make sure to improve your diet, exercise, and sleep patterns while reducing stress. All of this combined will have the greatest net effect on having the best cognitive functions possible at any age.


Michael is the marketing and creative content specialist at with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points



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