Aug 28 2012
Teens who smoke marijuana see their IQs drop as adults, and deficits persist even after quitting, according to a new study. “The findings are consistent with speculation that cannabis use in adolescence, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have neurotoxic effects,” study researcher Madeline Meier of Duke University said in a statement. The study followed 1,037 New Zealand children for 25 years. Subjects took IQ tests at age 13, before any of them had smoked marijuana, and again at age 38. Throughout the study, participants also answered several surveys about their drug use. Roughly 5 percent of the participants started using marijuana as teenagers. Those who smoked marijuana at least four times a week and used marijuana throughout their life saw their IQ drop an average of 8 points, the equivalent of going from an A to a B student. The drop was not explained by other drug use, years of education, schizophrenia or using marijuana in the day before the test.
I saw this one coming a mile away…. I can’t help but think about the things I could be doing right now if I had those brain cells. I f$cked myself, and for what – a couple nights of fun and handjobs in high school? F$ck – I’d be Bill Gates right now if it wasn’t for weed.
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