Ryan MorahanMr. FioreEnglish 21/26/18Marijuana The legalization of cannabis has become a point of political debate and discussion within many state governments. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug that has been used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Marijuana rolls back IQ points at alarming rates.
Marijuana depletes IQ points resulting in a less intelligent society. According to Forbes, “A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lower intelligence, or IQ.” Forbes reported that the average reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to 18 had an average of an 8 point reduction in IQ. They then reported that the average salary of an individual with an IQ of 110 was $71,000 and the average salary of an individual with an IQ of 120 was $128,000 to show the reduction in IQ from the perspective of salary. Jeremy Kossen a writer for leafly wrote about the Dunedin Study and stated “We do know that the brain is particularly vulnerable while it is still developing.” In the Dunedin Study it was found that people who classified as a marijuana “Abstainer” had an upstick in IQ from 99.
84 to 100.64. In the same study it was found that people who classified as a “Casual User” had a decline in IQ going down from 102.32 to 101.25. In the Dunedin study, it was concluded that the “Problematic Users” had a sharp decline in IQ going from 99.
68 down to 93.93. According to Dr.
Ousch “using it from an early age may have an abnormal affect on not only the brain function, but also on IQ.” The study she conducted showed differences in brain function among the group of users and non-users, in the areas of the rain that are reward-processing and motor control. Marijuana did not correct the brain deficits of depression, and in some areas of the brain marijuana made them worse. Marijuana’s effect on the brain are detrimental leading to dysfunctionality in several parts of the brain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated “Some research suggests that marijuana use is likely precede use of other licit or illicit substances.” Their research found that exposure to cannabis in rodents decreased the reactivity of brain dopamine reward centers.
Their study also found that THC primes the brain for enhanced responses to other recreational drugs. The National Institute of Drug Abuse said in an article “Marijuana has both short-and long-term effects on the brain.” Some short-term effects are altered senses, altered sense of time, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving, impaired memory, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis. Some of the long-term effects are brain development deficiencies, impaired thinking, memory, and learning functions and how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. According to University of Rochester Medical Center “Marijuana can be harmful in several ways.” The University stated marijuana can lead to loss of coordination, trouble thinking, and problem solving. The brain also has a tough time distinguishing between oneself and others.
Marijuana’s effects on mood and mental state make the environment of the user dangerous. According to Calm Clinic “Marijuana can cause anxiety, and isn’t a great treatment for anxiety.” Marijuana leads to increased heart rate, poor coordination, trouble breathing, lightheadedness, and depersonalization which are some anxiety which can lead to being more anxious.