Dumb and dumber? Teen marijuana use linked to lower IQ in later life

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 24, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    Every drug, legal or illegal, if used long enough will have side effects. Some don't even have to wait that long. Yes, marijuana isn't LSD, but to think it won't effect one negatively is a pipe dream. The drug might have some legitimate medical uses for people, but so do a lot of things that again that are misused can be very harmful. The teen brain is growing and developing. Marijuana is designed to react with the brain. These reactions are desirable for many at that time. But let's get real. There will likely be a cost.

  • YoungPuppy west Jordan, UT
    June 24, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    So basically Pot makes you stupid? Yes I got that. That is a potential side effect. But so does so many other things that are perfectly legal such as tobacco and alcohol.

    I am not saying that it has zero side effects but it does have less than the alternatives. For example using it medically for chronic pain has far less side effects than heavy narcotic pharmaceuticals. I think if you use it for truly medical purposes that it needs to be legal nation wide. I also think that in some cases that it can be used to treat children and teenagers with certain problems like epilepsy.

    Alcohol, tobacco and legal medications overdoses kill 10s of thousands of people each year. There are 0 deaths related to a marijuana overdose.

    I think that it is a fantastic medicine for many people that are in constant pain. So I think we need to treat it like a medicine. Regulate and tax it like medicine. But it should be legal to own and even to grow in your home for personal use.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 24, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    Teen marijuana use can also effect a future born child.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 23, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    So the moderators didn't publish my one word response. So here it is again. Duh!

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 22, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    If the majority of Americans actually do support the legalization of this illicit drug, as stated in the article, then it doesn't appear Americans can afford to drop their cummulative IQ level any further from the drop it's already taken.

    Wake up, America!

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    June 21, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    I watched it kill all my brothers brain cells.
    He's literally two steps from the street.
    But, of course know one that supports its use state by state will admit it.
    It's a way to escape reality.

  • Mamamama Salt lake city, UT
    June 21, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    While I believe marijuana is not good for everyone I do know some people who smoked often during high school and still got straight A's. Also, they did very well in their careers. Would not want to see it smoked or ingested around children. However, entirely too many Americans are so addicted to sugar and are extremely unhealthy. Both of these drugs can be harmful.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 21, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Having worked with college students for over 25 years, I'm very skeptical of those who insists Marijuana is harmless. Perhaps, like alcohol, its the over-consumption of the substance that causes the real problem, but the damage is there none-the-less.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    But pot isn't harmful! There's no reason to not legalize it! (Sarcasm)
    The future for Colorado liberals looks bright indeed!

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    June 21, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    I guess in the future "Mile High" will still be a descriptive term in Colorado...except for IQ.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    June 21, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    I don't know that this is new, but it is good to repeat some things. One's IQ does go down several points if you use marijuana in your teens. Marijuana is not a safe drug for older folks either. The most common cause of stroke in young people as it constricts cerebral vessels. Other brain changes also occur that you don't want to get.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 21, 2014 5:36 a.m.

    I was amazed that this very important harmful condition was not more widely discussed in the states that legalized MJ for use in the home and around children with developing brains.

    Its not a later in life loss to human brains, its a loss that begins and continues to deteriorate the brain from the first time it is used. Loss of IQ is just one loss since MJ destroys brains cells in every area of the brain including behaviors, decisions making, learning, comprehension, and focus on task and needs of children. The brain cells killed by the use of MJ is permanent and non repairable and unpredictable at any given moment.

    Look at Obama and many of the legislators, who were in Vietnam and college dorms and the laws and ridiculous no sense absurdity they display. Marijuana is a very dangerous impediment to ones whole life, not the end of life, whether its medical use or social use or an addiction. Its easy to see who are loser users.

    I will not tolerate it in my home or social life becasue I have been witness to its destructive use as friends and neighbors lost everything including children, spouses, and friends.