Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info

Marijuana myths go up in smoke: Study shows IQ, academic performance not impacted by cannabis use


(NaturalNews) Cannabis, a wonderful food-medicine, has been demonized for decades. No plant has ever been fraught with such extreme controversy. Police raids are conducted to seize and burn this plant and to lock growers away. Innocent people are shot and killed in their own homes because of the war on this plant.

Fraudulent and incomplete studies have attempted to darken people's perspectives about this plant, but those who know it best, who have firsthand experience with it, understand that it's harmless and actually healing. Cannabis use doesn't lower a person's IQ, as suggested by a widely publicized 2012 New Zealand study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A separate review of that data, published in the same journal, proved that IQ changes were the result of socioeconomic differences and not cannabis use.

In fact, the demonized plant is actually beneficial for connecting the nervous system of the body with the immune system, helping the two systems communicate through the suppressed endocannabinoid receptors in the human body.

Marijuana myths going up in smoke

Cannabis isn't making people stupid. New data published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology is making the myths surrounding cannabis use go up in smoke.

A group of 2,235 participants was first given the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children 3rd Edition at an individual clinic session when they were eight years old. When they turned 15, adolescents were administered the Vocabulary and Matrix Reasoning subsections of the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence. At this point, the adolescents provided cumulative lifetime cannabis use data by reporting their cannabis use on a scale of, 'never', 'less than 5 times', '5–19 times', '20–49 times', '50–99 times' and '100 times or more'. They also reported their cigarette and alcohol use on the same scale. At age 16, the adolescents' educational performance was measured using Key Stage 4 national testing.

On the surface of the study results, it seemed that cannabis use caused lower educational performance. "Increasing cumulative cannabis use correlated with poorer educational performance at the age of 16 (p<0.001). Cannabis use of over 50 times predicted an average score of 11.6 percentage points lower than never-users."

However, once the confounding factor of cigarette use was factored in, it suddenly became clear why educational performance fell.

The study finds, "Cumulative cigarette use was the key attenuator of the association between cumulative cannabis use and both IQ ... and educational performance. Further, cumulative cigarette use remained negatively associated with both outcomes in the fully adjusted models. Those who had used cigarettes >100 times were estimated to have an age 15 adjusted IQ 3.2 points lower ... and an adjusted educational score 7.4 percentage points lower ... than never-users of cigarettes."

"[T]hose who had used cannabis [greater than or equal to] 50 times did not differ from never-users on either IQ or educational performance," the study concludes, pointing out that cigarette use is the main culprit behind lowered IQs and poorer academic performance.

The real danger of cannabis is the war waged against it

The only thing dangerous about cannabis use, is the war that is waged against it, especially when armed troops burst onto people's properties, violating natural law, and sometimes killing innocent people.

The only IQ-lowering, brain-damaging reality about marijuana is the level of brain-washed ignorance aimed at the plant.

Cannabis should be a staple food in people's diets, sold in the produce section at grocery stores alongside ginger root and kale. The demonization of the plant has created a sort of dark, underground culture of rebellion that fuels adolescents' negative attitude towards authority, obedience and learning. Perhaps cannabis use spurs adolescents to see through the phoniness of the education system, standardized testing and an A-F system, encouraging them to think outside the box and learn creatively, in individualist ways, that academic standard testing and IQ tests can't measure.

Sources include:

Study: Cannabis Use Not Predictive Of Lower IQ, Poorer Educational Performance - Blog.Norml.org



Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus
Most Viewed Articles

Science News & Studies
Medicine News and Information
Food News & Studies
Health News & Studies
Herbs News & Information
Pollution News & Studies
Cancer News & Studies
Climate News & Studies
Survival News & Information
Gear News & Information
News covering technology, stocks, hackers, and more

Get alerted on heavy metals and pesticide test results for foods and supplements

Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.