Marijuana And Its Role In The Development Of Cognitive Skills

As suggested by the song of the musical group “Prophetic Culture” that has sounded a lot in different radio programs, many cannot deny how good it feels to smoke cannabis or marijuana, as it is more widely known.

Cannabis is the scientific name of a plant that is used for its psychoactive properties, is one of the illicit drugs that are increasingly consumed worldwide. Its psychoactive effects are attributed to the action of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in proteins, CB1 receptors, which are located in our brain producing an attractive sense of spiritual well-being, a relaxed state of mind, an impression that everything is slower, higher sensitivity to colors, sounds, textures, and flavors.

All this accompanied by a present memory that escapes continuously and, sometimes, of an uncontainable desire to laugh. A state in which there seems to be little room for violence, make this drug a kind of antidote, a promoter of harmony and peace, as many songs implicitly promise.

However, considering the progressive increase in marijuana use in the context of an increasingly globalized and developing society, how beneficial cannabis use can be in work performance, and primarily academic, where Is motivation key to the development of cognitive skills?

Results of the investigation

A group of scientists belonging to the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), obtained essential conclusions regarding the effect of THC on cognitive processes, such as the visuospatial attention, and the impact on the will to exert cognitive efforts in the development of tasks with different degrees of complexity associated with varying degrees of reward.

The research concluded that the effect of THC reduces the willingness to take on more complex challenges associated with more significant rewards, decreasing this type of choice.