Light Cannabis Use May Turn Us Into Good Decision Makers

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A study finds that, all things being equal, light cannabis consumers are better decision makers than non-consuming peers. Good decision making is not usually associated with cannabis. Certainly, it’s easy to connect it to things like pain relief, seizure control, and relief from inflammation. But, decision making? Yes! A recent study, on teens entering early adulthood, suggests that light cannabis use make better decision makers. Now we’ve heard it all! Right? But hear this one out. Historically speaking, research delivers conflicting messages about the cognitive effects of cannabis. One study says there is harm, another says there is not, and still another points says only if you start too young. But, never has it been considered that cannabis could be involved in good decision making. Until now. Decision Makers, Cognitive Function, and Cannabis Use The truth is, the long term effects of cannabis on cognitive function (including speed of processing, working memory, attention, and executive functioning) remain unclear. While evidence suggests there is brain benefit for adults, the same might not be true for the developing mind. The most comprehensive glimpse, to date, of the cognitive impact of cannabis on teens was conducted by JAMA Psychiatry in 2018[1]J Cobb Scott, S Slomiak, J Jones, et al. Association of Cannabis with Cognitive Functioning in Adolescents and Young Adults. JAMA Psychiatry (2018). 75(6):585-595. … Continue reading jQuery(‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_5032019_2_1’).tooltip({ tip: ‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_5032019_2_1’, tipClass: ‘footnote_tooltip’, effect: ‘fade’, predelay: 0, fadeInSpeed: 200, delay: 400, fadeOutSpeed: 200, position: ‘top center’, relative: true, offset: [-7, 0], });. It involved a review of 69 studies and the conclusion was that any cognitive deficit associated with consuming cannabis wore off after 72 hours. The study did not, however, examine the potential impact of light versus chronic cannabis consumption. The overall conclusion was that, “although continued cannabis use may be associated with small reductions in…

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