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  • Study shows pot smoking permanently lowers IQ

    From my observation of students that did not use pot, who then started using it; it would seem to me that this is true.

    I would also say that their emotional maturity is lowered even more than their IQ.


    Study Shows Smoking Pot Permanently Lowers IQ





    Marijuana smokers have long been characterized as dimwitted and slow. They tend to shrug off these stereotypes as artifacts of how they are when they’re on the drug. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of enduring a pot smoker who takes you through the “beneficial” effects of marijuana on the brain, then you’ve likely wondered if the stereotype is true. As it turns out, it is.

    A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lowers intelligence, or IQ. Frequent pot smokers (even those who had given up marijuana) tended to have deficits in memory, concentration, and overall IQ. The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. An eight point reduction in IQ is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life. To put it into context, consider that individuals with an IQ of 110 have an average net worth of $71,000 and individuals with an IQ of 120 have an average net worth of $128,000. It looks like smoking pot can lower your tax bracket.

    What’s significant about this research is that it was a longitudinal study: researchers followed and tested subjects from birth through to age 38, noting when and how frequently they picked up habits like drug use. Previous studies scrutinized marijuana use at a single point in time, which failed to eliminate the possibility that people with lower IQs are more likely to smoke pot. The longitudinal research provided a baseline IQ score for all subjects, which revealed changes in IQ scores as they picked up new habits, such as smoking pot.

    By following subjects for decades, the researchers were able to measure the lasting effects of adolescent marijuana use (even after subjects gave up smoking pot). These effects last because the teenage brain is still developing at a rapid pace; myriad new pathways for thinking are formed during this period while others are weeded out. When teenagers expose their brains to a damaging substance like marijuana, the effects aren’t just drastic…they’re permanently etched into the brain. Indeed, the reduction in IQ from smoking marijuana regularly was much greater for those who started smoking as teenagers than those who started in adulthood.

    While the study didn’t measure the effects of marijuana upon teenagers’ emotional intelligence, it’s likely they are dire. Emotional intelligence (EQ) in teenagers lags behind their cognitive development. This explains why teenagers are so impulsive, emotional, and prone to risky behavior. Since teenagers’ EQ develops much later than their IQ, this area of the brain is even more susceptible to the negative influences of marijuana.


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbr...tly-lowers-iq/

  • #2
    I have a friend who insists that all marijuana does is relax you.

    I haven't done the research...

    But I'd be willing to bet money it does far more than that.

    I would guess that's what people were saying about cigarettes when they first came out: just takes the edge off. Come to find out years later, they do far more damage than what people had originally thought.

    Thanks for the post, Lou.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by The Knight View Post
      I have a friend who insists that all marijuana does is relax you.

      I haven't done the research...

      But I'd be willing to bet money it does far more than that.

      I would guess that's what people were saying about cigarettes when they first came out: just takes the edge off. Come to find out years later, they do far more damage than what people had originally thought.

      Thanks for the post, Lou.
      Thanks for the comment Karl.

      It seems to me that we have direct evidence of the truth of this study sitting in the White House.

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      • #4
        Psychotropic drugs do make permanent changes to the brain. Even OTC and prescription drugs. Recent studies are confirming this.

        Pot legalization is still a mystery to me. The elite have held back legalization of pot for so long. Obviously, now they want to dumb us down as much as possible, but the UN still prohibits it. Popular speculation puts the finger on cash crop monopolies. I suspect there is something a lot more insidious to this vegetable.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baruch View Post
          Psychotropic drugs do make permanent changes to the brain. Even OTC and prescription drugs. Recent studies are confirming this.

          Pot legalization is still a mystery to me. The elite have held back legalization of pot for so long. Obviously, now they want to dumb us down as much as possible, but the UN still prohibits it. Popular speculation puts the finger on cash crop monopolies. I suspect there is something a lot more insidious to this vegetable.
          The UN agenda 21 plans on reducing the population drastically. The common people will be all herded into cities and made to live in large apartment buildings. Most of the land will be off limits to the people.

          This plan starts by confiscating all firearms from the people. The UN treaty the liberals are trying to get the US Congress to approve will do just that.

          If the people are all stoned on pot this will be far easier to accomplish.

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