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Study found that Clever Teenagers are twice as likely to Smoke Cannabis

February 28, 2017

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We have all heard that gifted people, those with a higher IQ, are more prone to bad habits and generally speaking – intoxication. Now, with the growing popularity of cannabis and the recent studies that were made and announced, it was about time to connect the two factors. As a landmark study has revealed, it seems that smart children are twice as likely to smoke weed during their teenage years. This is due to their curious minds in this period.

The Facts

A nine-year study by University College London found out that Students who, at the age of 11 are high academic achievers are more likely to drink alcohol, but less likely to smoke cigarettes as teenagers. Experts analyzed data from 6,059 teenagers from state-funded schools in England and announced that despite the fact that young people are less likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes, they are more likely to smoke weed. This is probably the result of the fact that parents from the middle-class are more likely to warn their children about the threat of tobacco smoking than cannabis.

The study published in the BMJ Open journal states that smart children are more likely to smoke cannabis in their late teenage years (18-20 years). This is due to their curiosity and their stronger desire to be acknowledged by older peers.

Comparison Based on School Achievements

Researchers noted that these children are cautious and alert of illegal substances in their early adolescence because they are more aware of the immediate and permanent effects that breaking the law may provoke than children with lower academic interests.

Intelligent children are again more than twice as likely to drink alcohol during their late teen years in comparison with children who do not achieve excellent grades. Researchers said that a high childhood academic, for example at the age of 11 is associated with an increased risk of drinking alcohol and marijuana usage regularly. On the other hand, the risk of persistent cigarette smoking is quite small.

The hypothesis that high academic scores are associated with temporary substance usage experimentation it not accepted by everyone. Against it, is the provided evidence that these associations go on during early adulthood.

The After Effect

Dr. James Williams from the UCL Medical School noted that in general, there is a slight downward trend in drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana among teenagers. Dr. Williams told the Daily Telegraph that these risky health behaviors show a significant problem regarding public health since the substance usage is a risk factor for current and long-term health problems. It is also connected with negative non-health outcomes like poor education and employment. It is also stated that the results of cannabis use are found to get worse by early commencement and increased usage frequency. Dr. James Williams finished with the argument that the actual understanding of risk factors for adolescent cannabis use can inform public health care policymaking and target actions for teenagers in high-risk groups.


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