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Does CBD Make You Forgetful?

CBD (or cannabidiol) is a natural substance that is part of the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, it’s a non-psychoactive part of the plant, which means it doesn’t alter the mind in any way or make you feel sedated, like many do with cannabis. As a natural substance, it’s used in oils and edibles to produce a calm and relaxing effect. CBD is becoming increasingly popular for helping to relieve the symptoms of various illnesses such as anxiety, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. It’s commonly used for pain relief, and the reason for this is that it appears to stop the breakdown of the chemical found in the brain which is responsible for the pain you endure, your mood, and your mental functions. CBD has become more acceptable since it doesn’t have these psychoactive effects. It’s now legal to use CBD for medicinal purposes if it contains less than 0.3% THC, but in some states there are restrictions. For instance, Virginians are not able to buy or have CBD in their possession, unless they have a prescription.

If you’re interested in using CBD oil, you may be asking yourself, “Does CBD make you forgetful?”. In this article, we’ll explore this question and the connection (if there is any!) between CBD oil and memory loss.

Benefits of CBD

One of the main benefits of CBD include acting as a pain reliever. There have been studies conducted which have shown that using both CBD and THC can act as a pain reliever for some of the most serious illnesses such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It has also been successful in trials for depression and anxiety, as it works on the serotonin receptors, which help to keep mood regulated. CBD may also be used to reduce the symptoms associated with cancer and its side effects, which often include nausea and vomiting. In addition, it has the potential to help with skin conditions such as acne and help reduce blood pressure.

CBD and Memory Loss

With the association of the illegal substance, marijuana, CBD is not without its controversy. Although there may be some information out there which suggests that marijuana can have an adverse effect on memory, the opposite may be true for CBD. There are studies out there which suggest that CBD might improve memory loss, including one by the University College London. Some evidence relating to CBD and memory less shows that it can increase the cerebral blood flow in areas of the brain which process memory, including the hippocampus.

According to some research conducted, the effects suggest that there’s a difference between short- and long-term memory loss. In some studies, there have been signs that cannabis may alter short-term memory processing temporarily. This could cause issues in conversations or with learning. The cause of this seems to be compounds found in it, which may be disruptive to neural signalling. Again, this is with the THC ingredient, and not CBD on its own.


It’s thought that by using a cannabis product which contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and no CBD, there’s a greater risk that mental health problems will develop including psychosis. However, CBD may be used to treat psychosis. THC also seems to be detrimental to short term memory, while there is not enough research and data to show a link between short-term memory loss and CBD.


We tend to hear about cannabis being responsible for memory loss, but it seems to be more associated with the ingredients of it, i.e., THC rather than the CBD. CBD could even improve your memory, especially long-term memory loss. It’s important to only use it in the doses which are stated on the product you’re using. In addition, always consult your doctor before beginning any new health treatment, including CBD.