Delaying marijuana smoking to age 17 cuts risks to teens’ brains, new study suggests — ScienceDaily – BULLSHIT ALERT

Posted: January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 points on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers. But if they hold off until age 17, they’re less at risk.

Source: Delaying marijuana smoking to age 17 cuts risks to teens’ brains, new study suggests — ScienceDaily

 

First of all, AuntieBS does not approve of youngsters getting high on anything but the wonders of life.  There are plenty of distractions for young people to experience, learn, enjoy, and understand.  But, having said that, she looks at this article with her oft-jaundiced eye.  Why?  Because correlation is not causation!  She does not say that this article is untrue, but only that it may be making the wrong assertions.

Think back to YOUR teen years and note what kind of kids used drugs at an early age.  Were they the “good” kids?  The average kids?  Or the “bad” kids who often got into trouble with the law or committed vandalism and other crimes?  Rather than the marijuana smoking causing the poor memory and problems with studies, various mental deficiencies are equally, if not more, likely to cause struggles in school, in social activities, and society.  A kid with a bad memory or lower IQ or other learning disability is more likely to seek escapes from reality via intoxicants, or get their rewards from adrenalin-producing risky activities.

AuntieBS wonders if these “scientists” who make such hasty accusations are not, in themselves, suffering from the mental deficiencies that they attribute to cannabis?  Always differentiate correlation with causality and ask which is the cause and which is the effect.  This report is quite inconclusive.

AuntieBS

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