Those promoting the legalization of Marijuana do so by promoting it as a ‘safe’ drug. As governments move to legalize Cannabis, they often make it illegal for teens to use. Nevertheless, the message that young people are hearing is that Cannabis is safe.
However, a recent study by Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons has come to a different conclusion. Marijuana is dangerous for teens.
The Daily Mail explains:
Teens who smoke weed at least once a week for six months can lose up to two IQ points as they get older and find it harder to problem solve, a new study revealed.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) studied 808 teens who used cannabis at least weekly for at least six months and 5,308 who did not use the drug.
They discovered that regular dope smokers suffer a decline of two IQ points over time compared to those who did not use cannabis during their teen years.
Further analysis showed that verbal IQ, linked to understanding concepts, abstract reasoning and memory, declines by three points among those who get high.
And this is not the only study to warn of the dangers of marijuana usage for teens.
Below is a summary of the consequences of teen usage of this so-called ‘safe’ drug:
- 60% more likely students will not finish college
- Seven times more likely to commit suicide
- Very high risk of addiction
- More likely to have a permanently lower IQ
- Increased chance of deformed brains
- Increased risk of reduced brain size
- Increased risk of schizophrenia Read here and here.
- Increased risk of bipolar disorder
- More severe bipolar symptoms if you already have the illness
- Increased chance of memory loss
- Even casual use has a potential to cause problems
Here are a few of the studies: