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