cbd oil and memory goldfish

For many years, humans have built a stereotype around goldfish as having terrible memories. Some say their memories are five seconds, some say eight. Whatever number you put to it, thinking about memory this way shows our lack of understanding of the subject. It also demonstrates our habit of believing what we hear from scientists without applying our analysis.

 Besides being insulting to goldfish, the numbers don’t make sense. Ask yourself, ‘How long is a human’s memory?‘ and you quickly realize that you cannot answer such a ridiculous question. There are things I remember from twenty years ago. Yet, sometimes, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. How can you pin memory down to a single number? Also, do all humans have the same capacity for memory? Of course not. Our memories are all so diverse, so, why dump goldfish into the same category as each other?
 
One thing is for sure, as we get older we all suffer from the degeneration of memory. Some say that things like CBD oil can help reverse memory loss. But, if it can, how and why does it help, if at all? Let’s talk about CBD oil for memory.

They say if you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there

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The Ecstasy generation spawned a bunch of middle-aged people with great memory loss, but is CBD oil helpful in treating this?

If like me, you grew up in the early days of the ecstasy (MDMA) you might sometimes feel like you have holes in your brain from the drug. Whilst I had a fair go at it myself, I have friends that took far too much. One of these friends recently got onto CBD oil. In his forties, he has decided to go back to university to study history. When he first told me this, I wondered how he would cope with mountains of historical facts. But, this same friend, at the end of his first year, now tells me that his focus and memory is better than it has ever been in his entire life. He goes on to say that he attributes this improvement to the CBD oil that he has been taking.

 
Being skeptical about such profound changes, I did a little research. The first study I came across here suggests that CBD rich cannabis extracts don’t reverse impaired memory in rats. I then wondered, how the hell would they know the results? Do they ask the rats a series of complex trivia? Do they get them to count cards at the casino?
 

I realized that given the profound differences in the memories of humans mentioned above, it would be ridiculous to apply a single theory to them all. Regardless, there has to be some scientific evidence that isn’t anecdotal. Can the profound effects my friend was experiencing be purely placebo? After reading more studies such as this, I started to realize that it is a challenge for scientists to measure memory and that the first paragraph about goldfish is more relevant than I first thought.


But doesn’t cannabis make you forget?

 We have always associated cannabis with memory loss. Anyone who has known a weed-loving friend would not need any scientific evidence to prove this. The answers are obvious. But, some are now saying that the memory loss incurred from cannabis use has a lot more to do with the THC rather than the CBD.
 
I like this article on the effects of weed on the brain. One thing it talks about is CBD as an antagonist to THC. Whilst this is a simplification, we already know that the effects of CBD in isolation are almost the opposite of the effects of THC with one or two vague similarities. Look at the differences between Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica for a good example of this. One is higher in THC, one higher in CBD.
 
So, is it possible, that CBD is also an antagonist to THC when it comes to memory loss? Who could deny that getting stoned every day makes you a little like ‘The Dude’ from The Big Lebowski? But, with such profound effects from CBD alone experienced by my friend and many others, there are reasons to suggest that CBD oil can help.
 
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Does isolating a compound from its mother plant remove vital enzymes?

If I were to offer my opinion, I would say that as a scientific society, we have a simplified notion that the active compound in substances, once isolated can be more powerful than the plants they come from. Examples of this are: extracting cocaine from coca leaves, heroin from opium, and Valium from Valerian. It seems there are enzymes and other compounds built into natural plants that can balance the effects of active isolates on the body and mind. In the case of cannabis, this might also be true. Does CBD balance THC and vice versa? The recent boom in synthetic THC might suggest so. Anyone who has ever tried THC alone might realize that it is far from relaxing.

Research into CBD as an isolate is still new, so the effects of it have not yet been proven. Having said that, you might think it is a reason not to use CBD oil. But, you should consider that whilst there are CBD oils that are isolates, we do not recommend any of them here.
 
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Full Spectrum CBD Oil

 Full-spectrum CBD oil is not an isolate. It comes from ‘industrial hemp’ which, in its natural form already contains very low doses of THC. The THC is not removed and the CBD is not isolated. This is why you should always choose a CBD oil that has been through minimal processing and is a ‘full spectrum’ oil.
 
Here is a crazy British Guy talking more about the difference between Full Spectrum and Isolate CBD oil.

Like most of the articles I write, I believe that a huge factor in a healthy body and mind is the ability for the heart to be able to transport blood and oxygen to the various parts of the body and brain. Since Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant, it can open up the channels which allows blood and oxygen to flow better. Of course, scientists can come up with a million different factors in the causes of memory loss. But, a healthy flow of blood and oxygen to your brain certainly can’t hurt.
 

If our memories were fixed, like we seem to think goldfish’s memories are, there would be no discussion here. But, since our memories can improve, CBD might be worth a trial. Like my friend’s situation, it might end up being life-changing for you. In the future, perhaps they should use goldfish in their studies instead of rats. Then again, you never know what could happen in a world where goldfish were intelligent.

This article is a collection of ideas by the author. It does not constitute facts or advice in any form. Please consult a medical professional and check the legality in your area before purchasing or taking CBD products.


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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. CBD oil contains CBD mixed with an inert carrier oil, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. Nice content, good read and informative. Learn a lot of stuff today good job on debunking this myth.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Russ!

  3. I really must get some CBD oil, it has been my intention to get some for quite a while now, there seems to be so many health benefits, I have heard it is beneficial for my arthritis, which is why I’ve been meaning to try some, however now I’ve learned about the improvement to the memory I will most certainly be giving it a try because my memory is getting much worse, I can’t remember peoples names. I also have trouble remembering what I entered a room for and it seems to be getting more than just being absent mindedness, now I have read this post CBD oil is definitely on my to do list, thank you for sharing. 

  4. Hiya Chuck. Cheers for the comments.

    Full Spectrum anything is always better in my opinion! You shouldn’t have to wait to feel the effects if you are using a good oil. They are virtually instant! All the best. Andy

  5. Wow, that was very profound, what you said about goldfish. You’re right, where do they even measure a goldfish’s memory? LOL!

    Its interesting because I was just reading something about CBD isolate. But what you’re saying makes sense, it could actually be better to use a full spectrum CBD oil product, one that contains as much of the original plant as possible. 

    I will have to try this for myself. That’s the only way to really know. How long until I would see effects?

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