Study shows smoking pot at young age can lower IQ

Study shows smoking pot at young age can lower IQ

Study shows smoking pot at young age can lower IQ

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Posted on August 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

(WHAS11)- Is smoking pot helping to dumb down young people?

Researchers from Duke University found that young pot smokers could have a lower IQ as they get older.

Researchers measured the IQ’s of 13-year-olds before marijuana use, and then measured their IQ’s again at 38-years-old, after years of pot smoking.

They found an average of an eight point decline in intelligence levels.

Those who started smoking as adults did not suffer a decline in intelligence.

  Researchers say that is because a teenager's brain is not fully developed and that is why they are susceptible to a bigger impact from pot.

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