Teenagers are potentially lowering their IQ’s due to smoking cannabis

A new study has recently revealed that teenagers who use cannabis on a regular basis could potentially have a permanently lowered IQ than those who do not smoke it. The study has shown that between adolescence and adulthood the chances of having a lower IQ are greater if the child has been using the class B drug.

This is a significant problem as it can lower people to having a more average intelligence in the 50th percentile, rather than a higher than average IQ in the 29th percentile. Users of the drug have also been shown to have significant memory problems which are unrelated to IQ when compared to others who do not use the substance.

It was previously thought that stopping to use the drug when you are an adult could largely reverse any of the effects. However, this study is highlighted that this might not be the case. This research has shown that it was likely that if you start using cannabis once you become an adult that much of the damage that had been done to your body and mind would be reversed.

However, this study has shown that while much of the damage might be reversed, the lowering of the IQ might not actually be reversed. This suggests that if you smoke cannabis as an adolescence that you are permanently going to have a lowered IQ.

IQ is very important as it is an indicator of how successful you are going to be in life. There are strong correlations between success and IQ and if you smoke cannabis then you’re IQ might be lowered and your chance of success in life reduced.

The study also highlighted that there is no evidence that adults who use cannabis will have a lowering of the IQ. It is something that only appears to affect adolescents and even in adults who use the drug regularly they are unlikely to suffer adverse effects.

The study has been led by a psychologist in the United States, Dr Madeline Meier who operates out of Duke University. The study involved over 1000 users of cannabis and examines their IQ over many years. She recently commented, “We did see that there was a certain amount of neuro-psychological decline in many of the subjects. We found that the most profound effects were seen in adolescents who use cannabis, rather than other user groups.”