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Powerful New Study Blows the “Smoking Pot Makes You Stupid” Myth Out of the Water

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You’ve probably seen the propagandistic anti-drug ad that attempts to analogize the perils of drug use with a frying egg: “This is your brain,” the very serious narrator says, as someone holds a whole egg. The hand cracks the egg into a pre-heated pan, and as it sizzles and sputters, the narrator gravely warns, “This is your brain on drugs.”

Of course, the theatrics were intended to scare the bejeezus out of kids who didn’t want to somehow end up idiots for life; but the oft-parodied advertisement has now been officially debunked. Data released for a new study proves cannabis use is not associated with lower IQ or educational performance.

According to British researchers assessing the relationship of cumulative cannabis use by adolescents, once confounding factors had been adjusted, such as cigarette-smoking and childhood depression, “Those who had used cannabis 50 [or more] times did not differ from never-users on either IQ or educational performance.”

A group of 2,235 teens served as the sample group for the study, slated for publication in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, which sought to “test the relationships between cumulative cannabis and IQ at the age of 15 and educational performance at the age of 16.” Of the 15-year-olds, 24% reported having tried cannabis at least one time.

These findings further dispute a previous study published in 2012 in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggested heavy cannabis use by those under the age of 18 led to lower IQ twenty years later in life. Though it received a great deal of publicity, further review of the same data published in the same journal implied socioeconomic status — not cannabis use — likely explained the lowered IQ measurement.

In fact, the researchers did find a “robust” correlation between adolescent cigarette smoking and poorer educational performance that had nothing whatsoever to do with marijuana use.

So feel free to laugh — if you didn’t already — the next time anyone references that infamous Drug War fried egg.

 

 

  • Out of all these geniuses and legends, who would YOU want to smoke with?! Please ‘Like’ + Comment + Share! (y)

  • written by someone who is drunk …

  • smash a few terracotta pots over your head… and this argument could be considered valid XD

  • I’m a lot more proactive and productive when I smoke….

    • I tend to gap out and drift off into the never ending universe of my own mind. Unless I’m intensely focused on doing something.

  • Cannabis actually helps repair and grow brain cells.

  • Auto correct made us stoopid

  • Being subservient and not independent guarantees your Stupid…lol..Fact check it…thats a dare.

  • abuse of anything is harmful to our mind and body. I bet veteran cannabis users would agree with me.

    • You started your comment exactly right ABUSE not use

    • The thing with cannabis is that its very hard to abuse. I used 2 grow in 3 tents (2 big) SOG. So you can say, i really tried!

      You know what happend… Nothing.

      Smoked so much so many years and it was no problem at all stop smoking. No damage at all, more the opposite it helped me go thru some very hard times and it also stimulated me in the right way.

      Today when i go to the university.. i understand that cannabis is the least problem..

      So if you are going to abuse anything abuse cannabis ^^

    • Welp. It has also been poven that cannabis helps rejuvenation brain cells during sleep

  • Been around this substance half my life, it definitely lowers your wit, it can help motivate you to do something, but also makes you complicit to BS that would normally bother you. Weed is far better alternative to many pharmaceuticals, but it still is a PITA to quit, and makes majority of people less intelligent. When people argue against this, they sound just like the Prohibitionists lying to us saying pot is as dangerous as meth.

    • Especially the memory suffers a lot. Long- and short term.

    • Short-term, yes. Long-term, not even.

    • And then after you quit, life is super tough for a couple days, miserable for a few weeks, then post acute withdrawals last maybe years, which one very detrimental affect is the brain fog, memory problems, which make you lose self confidence. Depression is off the hook, you’ll likely not be able to stop suicidal thoughts even if it’s something you’d never do. Even Eminem finally admitted “marijuana drama”, which is the pissy irritable feeling a habitual(1/8 week or more) user will feel if he doesn’t smoke for 24 -48 hours.

    • My grandfather has been smoking the last 50 years every day, still the chess champ of the town, grew 3 successful business from scratch and still as sharp as a nail. Maybe lazy ass people who sit there and smoke it all day..but to say it makes you less intelligent is a crock of shit, I grew up around it. If anything, it’s moderate use makes people think more critically.

    • Constant stomache ache, no appetite while hungry, it’s weird.

    • I’m not talking about moderate use. Talking about wake n bake and repeat at least every 3 hours.

    • What I posted on Steves comment to me:
      “Why are you responding here and not on my post? Too stoned?? I read article, pseudo science imo. After you use pot for years your brain physically changes the way it’s wired, scientists can tell the dif between a habitual smoker and a non smoker just by brain scan.(science proves this) You and I can function normally, because years of use had made our brain adapt.( my opinion). Maybe sober we might be as intelligent as we would be without ever using( unlikely) but people under influence, especially inexperienced users, cannot typically function normally, much less excel at an IQ test. I know you need excuses for your addiction, but don’t attack me for telling what I see as obvious indisputable facts.”

    • Nathan Kauspedas OH STFU, I don’t even smoke pot.

    • Nathan Kauspedas You are completely full of shit from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. I can tell you have never used it

    • Google marijuana withdrawal. Dozens of forums with thousands of people detailing the same Detox effects I have described. It’s an amazingly useful drug but all you deceived individuals who thinks it’s the holy grail of medicine with zero negative effects have some serious learning to do.

    • Anyone disagreeing with me likely falls into one of these categories:
      -hasn’t smoked habitually
      -has never taken a break from smoking, at least never gone cold turkey
      -maybe just has great emotional self awareness, zero stress in their life, wasn’t using habitually except for a study of some sort, cuz when you can’t go without using you’re “coping”, if you’re not coping with discomfort, you’re unlikely to be smoking habitually, but I could see this rarity happening.

    • Nathan is a troll…people were not that stupid even back in 1937…lol.

    • fuck google mate, we have something better than that, it’s called life experience.

    • who says it hasn’t got negative effects? Even water has negative effects. Yep, just a troll.

    • Lmao @ Jiffy “I don’t smoke” but still has “life experience” and “fuck Google” cuz you ignore evidence.

    • I work with many students who attribute memory loss to 3-5 years of daily weed smoking. This is their opinion. They can tell that they have lost abilities even when sober with chronic use.

    • They probably just don’t get enough sleep, like most students.

    • Nathan Kauspedas You just demonstrated it yet again. See how you just draw your own conclusions from everything you read? Is this is how you educate yourself? Do you read articles and draw your own conclusions without knowing the full story like you did my comment?I smoked it for about 15 years, haven’t had any for about 7 years and I only gave up because I didn’t know where to get any at the time and I was too busy. Oh and because you’re about to draw your own conclusions again and say “your grandfather smokes but you don’t know where to get any blabla” he’ lives in Australia nowadays, not 7 houses around the corner like you’re thinking mate. No, fuck google because it’s full of corporate propaganda and everyone knows it, I’m sure even you know at least that much. I’m not here to argue with anyone or claim it’s something it is or isn’t or say it has no negative repercussions whatsoever, those are just yet more conclusions you drew out of thin air without anyone saying it, but everyone with life experience can see you’re making shit up to compensate for knowledge, either that or you’ve been sucked in by some propaganda and you’re defending it well beyond your own life experience just to try and win a debate. That’s not a smart thing to do because it stands out like dog’s balls.

    • I would like to say I’ve been smoking marijuana for over 9 years now, and with constant use, smoking oils and eating edibles, it does have some short term memory loss affects yes, but thats it. I have an above average IQ, it does not make you less intelligent. In fact it helps you focus more and retain a lot of what you study. It helped me study through out high school and college, and I was a B average student. Granted that is due to the fact I didn’t turn it work half the time. As for quitting cold turkey it doesn’t have negative effects. Those are purely psychological. I’ve had to quit for probation( not for drug charges this is completely irrelevant) And the worst thing that happened to me was I just had the hopes to be able to smoke again. I also suffer from serious anxiety and depression. It definitely didn’t hike up my thoughts of suicide, the pressure of life did, I smoke weed to ease my mind and to remain calm. So please, ask patients before you go reading bogus articles and stuff from Google.

    • Maybe that’s cause the brain doesn’t develop until the early 20’s…..I’m 41 and have been lighting up on a consistent bases for 15+ years and tested 131 on the International IQ test last year and 129 in 2014……I scored an 18 on my ACT when I was 18…….

    • Nathan Kauspedas or they had a weak mind from the start and smoking it just called attention the the problem

  • Some guy in the comments thinks it does still make people stupid because they go into his job (Auto parts store) and they cant remember what part they want or what car they even drove in with. I think he is exaggerating a little. (Okay, a lot) Go set him straight people!

  • I totally agree with this. When I was 18 my IQ tested to 128 I did another IQ test recently that said it was 124, and I’ve been smoking pot for about 47 years

  • It’s disputed, at best, and hardly “blown out of he water”. Most of the research you think it’s contradicting deals with long-term smokers and effects later in life. This experiment, by admission, was only conducted on teens, far before the time other experiments have suggested any sort of permanent mental impairment kicks in. It’s still very much a fluid issue, but hey, I guess sane, measured, truthful and rational analysis of things doesn’t exactly generate the same Clickbait as these hyperbolic headlines, eh?

  • Wow Nathan Kauspedas you say it makes people less intelligent ,did you not read the article,? apparently it has made you less intelligent anyways..

    • Why are you responding here and not on my post? Too stoned?? I read article, pseudo science imo. After you use pot for years your brain physically changes the way it’s wired, scientists can tell the dif between a habitual smoker and a non smoker just by brain scan.(science proves this) You and I can function normally, because years of use had made our brain adapt.( my opinion). Maybe sober we might be as intelligent as we would be without ever using( unlikely) but people under influence, especially inexperienced users, cannot typically function normally, much less excel at an IQ test. I know you need excuses for your addiction, but don’t attack me for telling what I see as obvious indisputable facts.

    • Well everything you take changes your brain structure. Thats why you get an tolerance and/or different kind of thinking. Your receptors increase as soon as you manipulate over long time your neurotransmitters. Rewiring your brain happens all day as soon as you learn something, especiay at sleeping

  • Most of the stupid people I know have never smoked pot. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  • WE knew that! Carl Sagan was a pot head.

  • I think I’m gonna speak for everyone who’s ever spoken to anyone completely baked. It certainly made them the pinnacle of intelligence while they bought 82 Reeses at a gas station at 2 in the morning. I’ve seen plenty of people go from rational to full retard on pot. It shouldn’t be illegal but stop hyping it as some miracle drug.

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  • Trying to control the personal behavior of the individual makes you stupid.

  • How can you even talk about ‘pot?

    Indica and Sativa are so radically different.

    Indica makes you stupid. You’ll never convince me otherwise.

    • Indica is a body high…if you medicate with an Indica and plan on handling task that require you to be active, yes this will be a problem.

    • That’s if you were stupid to begin with

    • Jesse M George Smoking weed is only ‘medicating’ if you’ve got a specific condition. Otherwise, you’re just smoking weed.

  • i know it does not as i have been smoking for 20+ years and my iq is still 131 average.

  • If you do it every day it does. You’ll be a dreamer, who gets very annoyed if a friend asks for a By When on that idea. You get soft, yin, synapses too far apart.

  • The study you feature only focuses on short-term effects. Of course it appears safe in the short-term. Hell, heroin and crack look harmless in the short-term. If you want to get your point across TFTP, you may want to use long-term studies. Unfortunately though, long-term studies really don’t back up your position.

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/medical/home.htm

  • Seems that was done a long time ago. See “The Marihuana Papers”, 1966.

  • as an avid smoker. i can personally say i win more fencing bouts when i am sober and i screw up less math problems.. so unless being slower and making more mistakes is smarter im not sure… granted all negative effects seem to dissipate within a day or two

  • Looks like anti pot propaganda makes you stupid.

  • Pot puts you in the present, the here and now with heightened senses. If you want a paradigm shift to occur in the way you approach challenges and problems pot is the right tool and will allow you to think differently about things. Alcohol puts you into a stupor, removes you from your intelligence and the ability balance and control yourself. No person on alcohol thinks clearly. Guess which one religious conservative republicans chose and legalized?

  • Buy land, lots and lots of land. Then spend 4mil on a green compound and become a recluse

  • you were stupid before you smoked it

  • I’d probably be stupid if I had never smoked

  • It does make dumbness temporarily

  • “Don’t smoke pot”, they said. “You’ll never be the most decorated graduate of all time”, they said. I was even high in the picture.

    • But you were so high you didn’t realize that ‘Ocean County College’ was basically just a photo booth set up in an RV behind the shopping mall

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  • Time to light up 🙂

  • Well in my own stoned mind I can’t be bothered arguing with anyone about pot I smoke it I like it fuck you.