Study: Early marijuana use linked to IQ decline

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    THis is an important study and important data. No one wants their children to be mired by disadvantages. We need to find ways to help youth avoid this stuff. Find alternatives to fill their lives, perhaps fund arts and sports programs, provide after school and extracurricular activities that improve health and better the mind. Help every young man and woman see they can add value to our society, no matter their background. Marijuana smoking is not a victimless crime. It wastes good minds and weakens our nation as a whole.

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    i don't know about this study, their IQ had to be low to begin with to even want to try drugs.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 30, 2012 5:00 p.m.

    Funny thing about this article is some would say that early religious belief is linked to IQ decline such as Bill Nye's recent statement about teaching creationism stunting kids in the science and creative department.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Counter Intelligence
    Salt Lake City, UT
    @LDS Liberal

    "I favor the harmless weed."

    I am not LDS, but your interpretation of the Word of wisdom is not in line with the understanding of any of the Mormons that I hang with.


    "I favor the LEGALIZATION of a harmless weed."

    BTW - I don't smoke pot, tobacco, drink coffee, or alcohol.
    I just can tell the difference between "spiti" of the law vs. the "letter" of the law.

    Perfectly Legal "Drugs" kill more people in Utah per year (420) than vehicles (380).

    Pot has never killed a single soul.

    BTW - how many of our Word of Wisdom Mormons drink Diet Coke, are obese, and eat meat at each and every meal?

    Letter of the Law, Spirit of the Law.

    Meanwhile, back to the topic - legalize it, and tax it.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal

    "I favor the harmless weed."

    I am not LDS, but your interpretation of the Word of wisdom is not in line with the understanding of any of the Mormons that I hang with.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    "How many times did Steve Jobs say LDS helped open his mind?"

    So can we thank our local ward for both the television and the ipod?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    In other findings,

    Pot never killed a single teenager (but vehicles and perscription drugs do),
    Cancer patience felt better,
    Nobody really cared,
    and Taco Bell earnings increased by 20%.

    FYI -
    I have yet to read of a single pot smoking teen opening fire on classmates,
    but it happens all the time by kids under Doctor supervision taking legal meds for their depression and anxiety...

    I favor the harmless weed.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    Do you know how many top end business professionals, lawyers, athletes, actors, musicians, and others indulge in marijuana? Even more so harder drugs like cocaine? And they're still more capable than the posters on here who've never tried a sip of alcohol or a drug in their life.

    How many times did Steve Jobs say LDS helped open his mind?

    I can personally say although I don't indulge now that I was a pot-smoker through college and maintained straight A's, dean's list, high honors, and all while maintaining a professional career. I was a leader in my classes and other students looked up to me.

    Blanket statements don't work ... you can't EVER generalize about anyone.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    or the founder of the most successful corporation in US history.... but lets not bring little things like that into the discussion.

    The fun stuff is you can also be a bing drinker in college and become governor of Texas, and then the president of the US.

    Ned, do you not really understand how many of the people you see as leaders today did pot and drank heavily in college? I know you think that Obama smoked (and admitted it) is a huge surprise... but today many of today's business leaders still do partake.

    I don't approve of either practices, but pretending somehow what our President did in his teens and early 20s is something to write about is relevant. But truth is, more have done things in their youth that they wouldn't do now. Holding people accountable in their 50s for what they did when 18 seems a bit heavy handed. We would have no leaders left.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    There's another study that shows you can be a prolific pot smoker and illegal drug user in college and still be elected President of the United States.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Does pot smoking cause the low IQ or does a low IQ cause the pot smoking? Maybe both.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 4:54 a.m.

    Most of Utah leads such a sheltered life they think marijuana is safe to use and consume. This fried brain story is long overdue and its time for the war on drugs to include the Mary Jane connection.

    It is the most destruction drug in the United States as it does destroy brain cells and the harm is so complete the users can never recover from using it. When this drug is used (smoked, eaten, snuffed) the damage is permanent and irreparable regardless of age. The sad part is, this is not a teen smoking problem it affects the adults beyond the teen years. Which is more damaging because it destroys marriages, children lives, and job security.

    Pot is not an age related brain cell killer. Users tend to gather and share their pot, and since they all shared the same rate of decay they don't notice the decline in abilities and judgment.

    I came from the Vietnam vet era the users and non users of Pot was very apparent and most of us learned not to trust your life to any user, no matter how much they declared it had no affect on them. We new better.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 29, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Sounds good and all, but I am just wondering, what happened to the control group. We know those that used had a drop, but what about those that didn't? Just wondering. Everything is relative... so without context, this means very little.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Now i ubderstand the problem with the CO, he said he was stoned most of the time in HS