Now
Trending

Health

Does Smoking Pot Make You Dumber?


If you've been a recreational pot smoker since college, there's good news: Your IQ hasn't been eroding with each toke.

A newly-released 25-year study in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences tracked the IQ levels of about 1,000 New Zealanders from age 13 to age 38 and found that those who began blazing after they turned 18 essentially lost no IQ points over the years—the same as non-drug users.

But, the study reveals, those burners who took frequent bong hits between 13 and 18 years of age—an essential period in the brain's development—showed an average IQ slip of at least 8 points, a significant dip.

While smoking and/or vaporizing pot can cause a whole host of health problems, sabotage your search for your phone, and create a sudden, insatiable appetite for cheddar cheese Combos, after the high wears off, you won't, apparently, be any dumber.

Puff-puff-pass, gentlemen.

—Mike Dawson is a magazine writer and editor, and a regular contributor to Details.

• • •


Also on Details.com:
Can You Eat Stress Away?
Can You Catch Up on Missed Sleep?
Is Running on a Softer Surface Better for You?

Photo: Corbis
Details Newsletters
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.
Subscribe to Details
Details Newsletters
  • Get the latest in men's style, grooming, diet, fitness and pop-culture trends every Wednesday. See Sample
  • Get the most popular articles, blog posts, and slideshows of the past week every Saturday. See Sample
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.
AROUND THE WEB
Powered By ZergNet
Subscribe to Details