The continued legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana use in more and more states has presented a handful of legal challenges. But outside the realm of law, the changing landscape around the issue has prompted more researchers and scientists to study the effect that long-term marijuana use has on people. A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that cannabis use has some previously unknown long and short-term effects on teens’ memory.
Interestingly, researchers didn’t expect marijuana to actually have more long-term effects on memory than alcohol does. Researchers found that continued cannabis usage throughout the teenage years effects four specific components of a teenagers memory: Problem-solving, long-term memory, short-term memory manipulation, and the ability to stop a habitual behavior when needed.
The scientists who penned the study looked at 4,000 students from Montreal, Canada from around the age of 13 onward. From