Many studies are being done regarding marijuana’s effects on brain development, and the results are not always encouraging. However, a recent study showed that you’re actually better off smoking weed than tobacco, for the latter is quite effective in obliterating brain cells.
Published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the study surveyed 2,235 teenagers from the United Kingdom in order to determine if there is any connection between cannabis use and IQ levels. Teens who smoked marijuana for more than 50 times had IQ and education performance levels similar to those who never smoked the substance. On the other hand, adjusting the results to account for tobacco use revealed that cigarette smoking is directly linked to poor school performance.
“These findings suggest that adolescent cannabis use is not associated with IQ or educational performance once adjustment is made for potential confounds, in particular adolescent cigarette use,” the study said. “Modest cannabis use in teenagers may have less cognitive impact than epidemiological surveys have previously suggested.”
It’s a good thing that most teens no longer regard cigarette smoking as cool these days; otherwise, we’ll probably suffer from a future generation of low IQ individuals.
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