According to the study, the Duke University paper:
“fails to support the implication by Meier et. al. [the authors of the Duke study] that marijuana exposure in adolescence causes neurocognitive decline.
“…children who are predisposed to intellectual stagnation in middle school are on a trajectory for future marijuana use.”
Essentially, rather than cannabis making kids less intelligent, it may be that children with poor academic performances or general lower intelligence, will be more inclined to try cannabis at some point during their lives.
If cannabis use was responsible for cognitive decline, as the Duke University paper suggested, then you would expect to find that the more cannabis a person uses, the less intelligent they become. But, this paper found that heavier cannabis use was not associated with greater decreases in IQ.
Leading researcher now proposes that moderate cannabis has little to no impact on the developing mind
While proponents of prohibition will try and maintain that cannabis use can and will negatively impact your mental health, research is continuing to debunk these theories.
Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany even found THC (the chemical in cannabis responsible for getting you high) actually helps the mind in the elderly rather than hurt it.
Researchers gave a low dose of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to mice of varying ages as part to investigate brain systems involved in the ageing process, finding that cannabis can actually reverse ageing processes in the brain.
While research is finding new and exciting ways in which cannabis helps the human body, rather than hurt it, it must be remembered that it is still a drug, and abuse of any substance can lead to an unbalanced, and potentially unhealthy, life.
But with more and more research, the more and more we understand cannabis. The more we understand cannabis, the better we can regulate it.
The British Government will soon have no choice but to legalise cannabis across the board, with nearly every single argument they put forward being debunked by leading researchers.