The Checkup: Teens Who Smoke Pot Are Actually Dumber

A study shows that adolescents who smoke pot persistently show a drop in IQ.

• All those 80s stoner films were way ahead of their time, it seems. A new study out of Duke University found that persistent marijuana use during adolescence can cost you some serious IQ points. The study, which looked at more than 1,000 New Zealanders, found an average decline of eight IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38 among regular pot smokers. “While eight IQ points may not sound like a lot on a scale where 100 is the mean, a loss from an IQ of 100 to 92 represents a drop from being in the 50th percentile to being in the 29th,” according to an article about the study on Futurity.org. Age is the key, here: When people start smoking pot at a younger age (while their brains are still developing), the damage is worse. The study found that people who took up pot smoking as adults did not show similar mental declines, which I’m sure some of you will be happy yo hear. (Psst, parents! Scary stuff, right? If you’re looking for a way to make sure your kid never smokes pot again, you could try this South Carolina mom’s method of public humiliation. Just a suggestion.)

• Sing it from the rooftop, folks: Chocolate is good for your brain! (At least, for older people, anyway.)

• Don’t know yet who you’re voting for this November? Your genes may help you decide, apparently.

  • ICDogg

    hmmm… I swear I commented on this thread before

  • taymgates

    Its great to hear the team say they want to be the best but…….. That ’91 Defense was a force of nature that could not be stopped when they where on the field they where not putting things into place almost 1/3 of the way throw the season.. This Defense can be top5 in the league but will not be a repeat of ’91…….

    If Cox can become the best player in the league like White was at his peak then maybe we have a chance down the road with the youth and talent we have around him.

    • ICDogg

      yep, it’s ridiculous, though I would also argue that it is really not possible to have a defense that good in today’s NFL as back then due to the way the game has changed, and especially rule changes that favor wide open offenses.

  • Ash Z

    Ahh, now I know why Joiner chimed in…this D is not better overall than the early 90′s D. However, the league would never allow Waters and Co to play their game in this current concussion era, so it’s hard to compare.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    Forgive him Lord, for the kid knows not of what he speaks. He mush not have been told why Reggie White’s picture sits high above the Lin.

  • jp4120

    love it when guys that have marginal NFL talent make ridiculous statements and the blogs print it. Coleman is slow and gets fooled by play action constantly.

    • Patrick Henry,The2nd

      What’s ridiculous about wanting to be the best?

      I think its ridiculous that people like you are slamming them for it.