News 28 March 2017
Author: Alex Griffin

Are students who smoke weed smarter?

28 March 2017

The British Medical Journal has published a study that has found a corroboration between smoking weed and being more academic.

James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson of University College London, who conducted the study, found that higher ability students are more likely to smoke cannabis in their teenage years.

Lower ability students were also half as likely to continue to smoke weed into later life and the usage ranged from regularly to occasionally.

Those with the highest IQ scores at age 10 were more likely to have smoked by age 10, as well as to try cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy by the age of 30.

There are several theories as to why this might be the case. Some suggest that higher ability students are more likely to try new experiences and this explains it.

Another study had suggested that it is because more intelligent students feel ostracised at school and turn to drugs or regular alcohol consumption. However, those most likely to smoke, were found to be less likely to drink “dangerous” amounts or smoke cigarettes.

Knowing the dangers of drug usage has also been found to have little effect on those who know more about it.