Effects of Marijuana

Interferes with acetylcholine production and thus lowers the level of this neurotransmitter that is important for attention and memory.

High levels of cannabinoids in the brain lead to fluctuations in mental faculties, lethargy, and poor concentration, with inability to register new information and consequent memory loss.

People who quit using marijuana usually regain most of their cognitive abilities. In our Memory Disorders center, we have seen patients in their fifties and sixties with mild memory loss who later improved when they discontinued the use of marijuana. These people had handled the drug with ease when they were young, but it finally caught up with them because the aging process in the brain made them more vulnerable to the drug's toxic effects.

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