Cannabis, IQ and the law

 

Young cannabis smokers run risk of lower IQ, report claims

Here's my report on new research that suggests young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ. The findings come from a study of about 1,000 people in New Zealand.

Although cannabis is widely used in the UK, possession can lead to up to five years in jail. The research has been seized on by both sides of the debate over whether to legalise cannabis.

 

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    Comment number 21.

    “Let’s keep some perspective. This is not huge. "You’re not becoming completely demented. Of course, it’s better to still have your extra eight IQ points, but it’s not something that’s enough to draw medical attention.”
    - Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London

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    Comment number 20.

    What is in fact the story here? Confirmation that the pro-legalisation groups have been right all along? Confirmation that the bullish tactics and persecution of adult users is wrong, or confirmation that the prohibition has no answers to the problems it's created?

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    Comment number 19.

    whoever it is moderating these comments you're a joker. my comments were more than acceptable stop being a ridiculous jobsworth and let the people speak. as a first time contributor on the bbc website i have to say the experience has been some what disgusting.

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    Comment number 18.

    maybe parents should read this
    Alcohol as a Gateway Drug: A Study of US 12th Graders

    Tristan Kirby MPH1,
    Adam E. Barry PhD2,*

    Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012

    Follow on studys also show higher risk of opiod abuse by young drinkers... could this be because of ethanols ability to drive production of opioids?

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    Comment number 17.

    # 7.Bluesberry (me) 29th August 2012
    I can't help notice this # 7 comment is getting negative feedback, but I wasn't being negative. If you are a young person facing bleak economy, what do you do - except something that makes you feel better, like cannabis, alcohol - escapism - & you don't think about your future IQ.

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    Comment number 16.

    Destiny Angel what are you on about all kids start addiction thanks to thier parents giveing them highly toxic ethanol which in turn damages the CBR gene, if they dont like it they mix fruit jucies and fizzy pop with it to make it more palatable to thier children.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 14.

    I just find it really difficult to believe that parents would consent for their under age children to take part in a study and be administered supposedly potential psychotic illegal drugs! Who are these parents? Because this is blatant abuse! Therefore I don't believe that a "study" ever took place, and this is just another myth.

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    Comment number 13.

    why was my comment removed but Badger's offensive misspelled comment allowed to remain?

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 11.

    Nothing new this realy we talked about this years ago, Still its nice to have it confirmed and possative proof prohabition has failed the people it seeks to protect.. 8000 kids risk this for every 100.000 kids.

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    Comment number 10.

    You have this story back to front.

    The report shows that cannabis can be harmful to children but this is not news. It just reinforces what we already know. The REAL NEWS is that Professor Terrie Moffitt, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, has said, unequivocally, that: "...cannabis is safe for over-18 brains".

    This is the REAL NEWS!

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    Comment number 9.

    Cannabis has never been any good for anyone so it is not suprising that it lowwers your I.Q. only an idot would smok it.

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    Comment number 8.

    Cannabis is Bad for children yet we let Criminal gangs Control the market?
    Millions of Adults like to smoke cannabis after a hard days work to wind down. The fact that they can be put in jail for this is the real crime.Losing their jobs and family will do more damage than cannabis. Legalize it.The support for it is growing faster than ever before and it will take many dealers off our streets.x

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    Comment number 7.

    Maybe some young people just don't care about significant & irreversible reduction in their IQ. How intelligent do you have to be to sit home, unemployed, playing video games; in fact, the dumber you are the more acceptable these conditions may seem.
    The long-haul for youth just seems so dim, your IQ would have to fall a long way to get there.

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    Comment number 6.

    Remember: No matter how distracted you get in your youth smoking weed and getting obsessed by drugs, the Government reserves the right to shaft you absolutely to remind you the error of your ways.
    And tell you who is boss.

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    Comment number 5.

    The results of this study outline the need for greater protection and harm reduction for under 18's that may use cannabis. Current drugs laws in the UK does not reduce harm. Regulated sale of cannabis would offer greater protection to those vulnerable to the negative effects of cannabis, and allows much greater control of who uses cannabis, much like alcohol and tobacco.

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    Comment number 4.

    Tons of USA Presidents- Washington, Lincoln, Clinton, Obama, etc
    not to mention Native Americans+ world's greatest musicians+artists

    Everyone turned out alright

    That being said
    Humans can die or suffer brain damage from drinking too much alcohol

    Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can cause cancer

    Yet both alcohol+tobacco are legal
    so why not cannabis+hemp?

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    Comment number 3.

    One would expect parents to attempt to control the consumption of drugs, including alcohol, of all types by children. Substances that cause health problems in some cases are unrestricted in adulthood. So the evidence of physiological damage in children cannot automatically justify prohibition in adulthood. In both alcohol and tobacco adults are free to decide for themselves.

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    Comment number 2.

    This study seems very credible. Were public policy based on facts the course would be clear, with regulation similar to alcohol and tobacco. But activists on both sides will continue to push their agendas regardless. On the other hand, people will pretty much do as they like regardless, too. At least we all have more information now to guide us.

 

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