According to a recently published study conducted by Duke University, marijuana, or more accurately consuming marijuana during the teenage years does in fact lower intelligence, permanently no less, and upwards of double digits.
Those results sparked a controversial debate and divided the scientific community.
In fact, yesterday a new study was published that not so much refuted Duke's earlier study results as much as it supplemented the earlier data. To make a long story short, for many the new study more accurately explained the lower IQ conclusion.
Ole Rogeberg, a labor economist at the Frisch Center in Norway, is responsible for the results of the new study that were published yesterday, January 14, 2013, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
Rogeberg purports that IQ is certainly lowered. With that said, marijuana alone is not the culprit. More accurately, "The kinds of environments you are in do affect your IQ."
On the other hand, it surely follows that a solid education, preferably upwards of university-level, as well as competitive and purposeful work surely contributes to increasing or in the least maintaining IQ.
However, Rogeberg found that "if people are pushed out of or decide to move out of these kinds of arenas, they will will tend to see an IQ decline, and they will also be the type of people who tend to take up cannibus smoking."
Clean, clear, precise.
If that is not an incentive to refrain from consuming marijuana, and for that matter deter others from consuming illicit drugs, in general, I am not sure what is.
If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us. We can help you.
Photo Courtesy of: koat.com
Original Article URL: foxnews.com