A recent study has shown that frequent, continued use of marijuana beginning before the age of 18 was showed an eight-point decline in IQ. This decline was not shown in those who began smoking pot in early adulthood or later in life but it was shown during the developmental teenage years. This study involved around 1,000 adults who were followed from birth and given IQ tests at 7, 9, 11, 13 and 38 years of age. Family and friends of the participants were asked to fill out questionnaires inquiring about the participants trouble with attention, memory or social functioning when they reached 38 years of age.
The study showed that frequent users of pot had more problems with memory and attention that impacted their daily lives. It also concluded that this problem did not completely reverse in users who had discontinued the use of marijuana. There are many other adverse effects that can occur because of long-term marijuana use aside from the loss of these cognitive abilities. Lung cancer and respiratory illnesses can develop similar to that of cigarettes smokers.
The Gateway Theory
A recent Yale study proved that marijuana might very well be a gateway drug. The study focused on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 of young adults aged 18-25 years old. It found that out of the 12 percent that admitted to abusing prescription drugs, 34 percent said that they had used marijuana in the past. It also revealed that alcohol and cigarettes proved to be gateway substances as well.
It also found that those who had previously used marijuana were 2.5 times more likely to use prescription opioids proving that marijuana use not only lowers IQ but that it leads individuals into the use of other drugs.
Know The Signs Of Pot Use
Someone who uses marijuana daily, or even recreation-ally may create a dependency on the drug and need to use it just to feel normal and get through the day. By intervening and stopping marijuana use before it gets out of control, we can hope to decrease the amount of people who will be affected by the results of this study. Inform children and young adults about the dangers of using marijuana.
If you are concerned that a friend or loved one may be smoking pot, there are several indicators to look for. Dilated pupils and red, bloodshot eyes are very common in someone who has just used marijuana. They may seem dizzy and have trouble keeping their balance. They may also act silly and giggly for no obvious reason and may feel extremely hungry or sleepy. You may also come across evidence of the drug as well as drug paraphernalia such as rolling papers and pipes. Some additional changes in a person’s behavior may include:
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Constant fatigue or tiredness
• Lack of personal hygiene
• Hostility towards people and relationships
• Changes in academic performances
• Loss of interest in favorite activities
• Changes in eating or sleeping habits
Immediate and long term treatment is needed to handle marijuana addiction. One element of treatment called Narconon sauna is also a very effective tool at handling this problem.
Narconon sauna allows marijuana users to rid the body of unwanted toxins from marijuana use. It drastically reduces physical cravings and brings users “back to health” by implementing key vitamin supplements, a healthy diet, plenty of water and cold pressed oils.
Those who previously used marijuana, and partook in completing Narconon sauna reported feeling better than they had in years, healthier and even had clearer thinking. For more information contact us today.