Kiera Wingo

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The purpose of this review is to determine if there is a negative effect of cannabis on memory processes. Specifically, the negative effects of cannabis on short-term, working, and episodic memory were examined within acute or chronic users. Several formal databases and Google Scholar were used to find relevant literature, where key words provided search parameters and narrowed results. A final total of 29 relevant studies were used in the results. The resulting literature employed numerous study methods including N-back, Sternberg, verbal recall measures, and neuroimaging techniques. The results confirmed a negative relationship between cannabis and memory when participants were acutely intoxicated but showed either adaptation or no effect in chronic users who were not intoxicated during testing. These results confirmed the hypothesis and established a negative association between cannabis use and disruptions to normal memory processing.

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