Cannabis users have always been associated with lesser intelligence. Many incorrectly believe consuming cannabis has a negative impact on the brain and its functions, resulting in reduced processing and skill levels. Over prolonged periods of exposure, the damage becomes less and less reversible. Except, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth, especially for women. New research is proving that cannabis users actually have higher IQ scores than those who don’t toke.
Many might call cannabis users “dopes,” but according to new research, women who consume cannabis actually have higher IQs than those who don’t. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looked at 800 female cannabis users, compiling data on things like their intelligence, schooling level, smoking habits and lifestyle. After concluding their research, the group released some shocking statistics.
Not only did most of the female cannabis smokers have higher IQs than the general public, women who were 50% smarter than the average woman were more likely to consume cannabis. This means, the smarter the woman, the greater her chances of using cannabis.
While the data proved women who ingest cannabis are of higher intelligence, it didn’t explain why. Researchers were puzzled by the lack of findings, questioning why the higher IQs were found in those who regularly used cannabis. The higher IQ phenomenon is still unexplained, but scientists have released some insight into why they think cannabis users are generally more intelligent.
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