One of the very frequent marijuana addiction questions we get is:
Is Marijuana Harmful?
The story below answers that very common question.
Pot is Harmless…Guess Again
By Ned Wicker
The article by Stephen Adams in a recent edition of The Telegraph really got my attention, as it speaks directly and precisely to a question that people have debated for a long time, that being “Is marijuana harmful?” People will go to the mat for this one, and regardless of which side of the issue you are on, the facts are largely irrelevant because people are going to believe what they want to believe.
This study was conducted on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, at King’s College London in the UK and at Duke University in the U.S. The article reads, “Professor Terrie Moffitt, of KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, who contributed to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said “persistent users” who started as teenagers suffered a drop of eight IQ points at the age of 38, compared to when they were 13.”
IQ does decline with Marijuana use
The study centered on people who started using cannabis when they were teenagers, because it showed that group had a marked decline in IQ as opposed to those who began their cannabis use as a young adult.
Marijuana is HARMFUL to young not fully developed brains
The developing brain of an adolescent is the major difference when examining the impact of cannabis, alcohol or other drugs on the individual. So, when someone starts as a teenager and continues to use in the years ahead, they are more likely to be impacted than an individual who starts later in life. Sadly, stopping didn’t help to fully reverse the damage, so it seems that persistent use takes its permanent toll.
“Research has shown that IQ is a strong determinant of a person’s access to a college education, their lifelong total income, their access to a good job, their performance on the job, their tendency to develop heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even early death,” KCL Institute of Psychiatry Professor Terrie Moffitt said in the article. “Individuals who lose eight IQ points in their teens and 20s may be disadvantaged, relative to their same-age peers, in most of the important aspects of life and for years to come.”
Teenage Brain EXTREMELY vulnerable
Again, the teenage brain is more vulnerable to damage than the adult brain, which is why smoking pot is not an innocent teenage activity, and despite the fact that millions of parents may have smoked in college or had experience with marijuana and suffered no ill effects, that does not mean they can turn a blind eye on their child’s use of the drug.
The article also cited another interesting tidbit that more high school students in the U.S. have used marijuana than have used tobacco, according to the Monitoring the Future study from the University of Michigan. That’s a new fact this year and it raises a concern because some people believe marijuana is a safe alternative to tobacco.
Marijuana is now MUCH stronger
The use of marijuana is concerning for another reason. The drug has changed over the years, as the pot smoked at “Woodstock” was not nearly as potent as the marijuana on the streets today. Glorified in the movies, glamorized on television and largely ignored by a majority of people, marijuana is a dangerous drug, a gateway to other drugs, and a societal problem. It isn’t innocent. Smoking it is not a “rite of passage” for high school students, or residents of college dormitories.
Public need to get educated about the truth about Marijuana
Over the years the tobacco industry has taken a huge hit because of its steadfast arrogance in stating before God, Congress and the American people that tobacco was not addictive. Industry executives foolishly lied to congressional leaders in response to their beliefs on the subject, all sounding like robots. “I do not believe…” their statements began.
We need to understand marijuana as we now understand smoking
The industry’s own research made them out to be bare-faced liars, but there much profits was there to be had, so it’s hard to not ride that dead horse all the way to the end of the line. They looked like idiots, but I am sure they all got their bonuses. The public became “educated” which in America means they get the idea that they can sue to tobacco companies.
But now it is an accepted fact that tobacco use is harmful. The argument moves from tobacco to marijuana in this country. We have new, creative arguments, such as the defense of “medical marijuana,” as if no other remedy known to man is of any value other than a patient’s “right” to smoke pot. Creative, yes, but also very dangerous.
Reduced IQ in kids is VERY scary!
The idea of marijuana reducing IQ is scary. Eight points is significant. The whole thought of having a drug permanently dulling the intellect is not comforting, and if you’re a parent whose child is engaging in that activity, the facts are alarming. Marijuana is not harmless. It is addictive, and now we know that it can cause permanent damage to the IQ.
Young people are not going to pay any attention to these answers to marijuana addiction questions, because any long-term negative side-effect will never happen to them. They are invincible and will live forever. Parents and others must do the thinking for them and take leadership roles.
Americans have slugged their way through arguments about alcohol and tobacco. The next battleground, marijuana, is going to be an interesting debate.
Marijuana addiction questions are often asked but for some reason, like tobacco, people resist what the research is show us, Marijuana is HARMFUL especially for teens and their brain's development.
Another one of the marijuana addiction questions we get is whether or not you can become addicted to marijuana, many believe that pot is not addictive. They are wrong! Marijuana is addictive to 10% of the people who use it. That is according to the research done by the University of Texas at their addiction center Many people don't want to belief this either.
Marijuana is harmful and addictive those are the facts and the answers to the most common Marijuana Addiction Questions.