Weed Makes You Stupid

A recent study concluded that teenagers that use marijuana are associated with reduced intelligence.

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A lot of research into cannabis has been political, superficial and quick to point the finger at drug users. However these researchers were at pains to do the job right. They followed more than 1000 people from their birth to age 38 – the initial work was started in 1972.

People who started smoking marijuana as teenagers and continued into adulthood showed an average IQ drop of 6 points between age 13 and age 38.

My experiences

I remember back in the days when I used to smoke I seemed unable to connect with people. Others seemed to be quicker than me. I was always making mistakes at work. “Mistakes?” I would say to myself, “everybody makes mistakes”.

To be honest I was becoming very vague and less of an “alpha male”. Did I realise this at the time? Yes and No.

Yes, in my heart of hearts, I knew this was happening to me. But, as I have explained before, I was in a bad place. And when you’re in a bad place, you lie to yourself.

Weed smokers are often in denial

When they are questioned about the physical or mental effects of smoking weed they’ll usually react quite angrily and rattle off the same old tired arguments … it’s only a weed, man!

Maybe they’re right. What do I know? I’m not a scientist. I haven’t done any research.

Dealing with roadblocks

But I do know this: when I was regularly smoking marijuana life was a struggle. I was constantly running into roadblocks when I was trying to get on.

I remember trying to get a website up and running and even paying people to get it done for me. The problems that came along seemed insurmountable and, I’m ashamed to say, even though I’d paid money I ended up giving up. I thought it was all beyond me. Too difficult!

A few months later, after I’d stopped smoking weed, I tried again. This time I did it on my own. I came across a few roadblocks and problems but, after a bit of concentration, I did it.

I managed to get a website up and running. In fact, I’ve been the director of a web design and marketing business for the past 6 years now.

But, much more than that, I’m so much happier now than I used to be when I was smoking weed.

Back to the research

Friends and relatives of the target group were consistently interviewed during the course of the research. They often reported that regular marijuana smokers had attention and memory problems.

Of all the people that the researchers surveyed, the ones who said they were “dependent” on the drug showed the greatest decrease in intelligence.

Intelligence, memory and life

What is intelligence? This is a very difficult question to answer and IQ tests have their critics. However, it’s no secret that those among us with the greatest intelligence can expect to live longer, enjoy good health, earn more money and, I would say, be happier.

Memory and the ability to grasp complex abstract notions are two of the capabilities that are assessed in IQ tests. And, we all know that marijuana can negatively affect your short term memory.

Of all our abilities and attributes, intelligence, I believe, is the one that is most vital. Intelligence, more than physical strength, will protect you against the rigors of life.

However, if you have used marijuana too much in your adult life, you can certainly get that intelligence back by stopping now. Indeed, you may be able to improve your mind after that.

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