Cannabis smoking 'permanently lowers IQ'

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 11:52 am » by Flecktarn


Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study.
Researchers found persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults.
They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.
Furthermore, those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US.
They looked at data from over 1,000 people from Dunedin in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.
Participants were asked about cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38. Their IQ was tested at 13 and 38. In addition, each nominated a close friend or family member, who was asked about attention and memory problems.
About one in 20 admitted to starting cannabis use before the age of 18, while a further one in 10 took up the habit in the early or mid 20s.
Professor Terrie Moffitt, of KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, who contributed to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said “persistent users” who started as teenagers suffered a drop of eight IQ points at the age of 38, compared to when they were 13.
Persistent users meant those who used it during at least three of the ages from 18 to 38, and who said at each occasion they were smoking it on at least four days a week.
She said: “Adolescent-onset cannabis users, but not adult-onset cannabis users, showed marked IQ decline from childhood to adulthood.
“For example, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years thereafter showed an average eight-point IQ decline.
“Quitting or reducing cannabis use did not appear to fully restore intellectual functioning among adolescent-onset former persistent cannabis users,” she said.
Although eight points did not sound much, it was not trivial, she warned.
It meant that an average person dropped far down the intelligence rankings, so that instead of 50 per cent of the population being more intelligent than them, 71 per cent were.
“Research has shown that IQ is a strong determinant of a person’s access to a college education, their lifelong total income, their access to a good job, their performance on the job, their tendency to develop heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even early death,” she said.
“Individuals who lose eight IQ points in their teens and 20s may be disadvantaged, relative to their same-age peers, in most of the important aspects of life and for years to come.”
The cognitive abilities of the 10 per cent of people who started in their 20s - who could loosely be classed as college smokers - also suffered while they were still smoking.
However, if they gave up at least a year before their IQ test at 38, their intelligence recovered, suggesting their brains were more resilient and bounced back.
Prof Moffitt said adolescent brains appeared "more vulnerable to damage and disruption" from cannabis than those of fully mature adults.
Reliable figures on cannabis usage among today’s British teens and twentysomethings are hard to come by.
But Prof Moffitt said there was growing concern in the US that cannabis was increasingly being seen as a safe alternative to tobacco.
“This is the first year that more secondary school students in the US are using cannabis than tobacco, according to the Monitoring the Future project at the University of Michigan,” she noted.
“Fewer now think cannabis is damaging than tobacco. But cannabis is harmful for the very young.”
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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:05 pm » by Bandanko


If they did the same study but replaced weed with booze I am sure the same results would occur.

the point being, dont do any drug until you're an adult...

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:12 pm » by Spock


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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:17 pm » by Canubis


i am a genius, whlie others are admitted to the psych ward, i remain a average man...so fuk that shit, when i drink you can tell im fkn paro, but when i smoke u cannot.. as i have smoked weed every day for over 10 years not skiping a day..

WEED IS THE CURE TO CANCER, cheaper then smokes n boos! GO WEED GO!
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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:17 pm » by Boatman


Bandanko wrote:If they did the same study but replaced weed with booze I am sure the same results would occur.

the point being, dont do any drug until you're an adult...


Don't do any Drug Period.
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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:40 pm » by Spock


Canubis wrote:i am a genius, whlie others are admitted to the psych ward, i remain a average man...so fuk that shit, when i drink you can tell im fkn paro, but when i smoke u cannot.. as i have smoked weed every day for over 10 years not skiping a day..

WEED IS THE CURE TO CANCER, cheaper then smokes n boos! GO WEED GO!



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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:42 pm » by stickybud


Cannabis overuse through inhalation of the smoke i can see can be bad for anyone over prolonged use. I for one am a cannabis advocate knowing my facts. Cannabis is symbiotic with humans. If you were breast fed you were getting the same chemicals as a BABY. Thinking every drug is bad is why the world the way it is. If people had easy access to say thc, cbds, psilocybin, dmt ect . well the world would be an extremley different place for the better not worse. And yes it cures cancer. it only takes 60 days to do it mostly as well. Even in terminal cases. Drugs are bad mmmkay *sarcasm*

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:44 pm » by Bandanko


Boatman wrote:
Bandanko wrote:If they did the same study but replaced weed with booze I am sure the same results would occur.

the point being, dont do any drug until you're an adult...


Don't do any Drug Period.


As an adult its my choice what I do, there are good drugs and bad drugs.


ps spok that made me spit out my humous!

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:58 pm » by Cognoscenti


IQ tests measure left brain analytical functions. While it may be true that chronic early use can impact short term memory and therefore impact results of standard IQ tests, my bet is that cannabis use SIGNIFICANTLY increases Right brain functions which are the source of creativity, inspiration, and artistic and musical abilities which are not measured on IQ tests but which we will all agree enhance our lives !

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PostTue Aug 28, 2012 12:59 pm » by Canupls


im banned now, Canubis...thanks to DlSlith...from perma ban i rose to be banned by an immature fukn mod after making all the efforts...


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