Monday, July 9, 2012
Marijuana, Working Memory, and Schizophrenia
Fascinating article: Effects of Δ9-THC on Working Memory: Implications for Schizophrenia? It turns out that marijuana use produces in psychiatrically healthy individuals similar problems with working memory (what you might call short-term memory) to the similar problems experienced by those with schizophrenia. While there remains some argument about whether marijuana use causes those at genetic risk to develop schizophrenia, the similarity of the symptoms certainly does suggest some connections.