An investigation done by The University College London suggests Smart teenagers prefer weed over tobacco. After analysing the data of 6,059 British students, the study has found a correlation between high grades and the consumption of cannabis.
It’s believed that smarter people have a different conception of what is “right” and what is “wrong”. Perhaps, smart teenagers prefer weed over tobacco and other chemically processed substances because they know about the dangers the latter may cause to their bodies.
Having an open mind is also one of the characteristics most smart people display on their behaviour. Curious people are prone to try different substances just because they want to try their effects.
Knowing the mind-enhancing properties of weed and how it boosts creativity by empowering senses to gather information from the surroundings in a different way while still being able to focus on something specific, it’s not weird some of the best students consume it to avoid stress.
Smart Teenagers Prefer Weed and Alcohol. Disliking Tobacco is a Common Factor.
This correlation between high academic achievers and substances isn’t only related to cannabis. The study shows teenagers with high grades like booze and coffee also.
It’s quite normal for these so called “bright kids” to start consuming weed and alcohol at a very young age. Looking for older people’s acceptance and their inherited curiosity for new sensations are some of the reasons why they start consuming these substances since they’re really young.
When they start smoking weed and drinking alcohol they tend to be more cautious than teenagers with standard IQs. They are very aware of the long-term and immediate repercussions caused by incurring the law.
Other Substances Come and Go but Weed Remains
The study also suggests that, while smart people like to try new things during their whole lives, they tend to consume drugs during shorter periods of their lives. On the other hand, not only smart teenagers prefer weed but they’re most likely to keep consuming it once they’re in their adulthood.
Nevertheless, investigators are happy that the number of people smoking tobacco has decreased in both teenagers and adults. It’s better to stay natural and hit a blunt than killing yourself with lung cancer, isn’t’ it?
It isn’t the First Time
This isn’t the first time a study like this takes places. Some years ago another study done by a Canadian university suggested the same. There’s no light on the reason why the results weren’t internationally spread.
The investigation categorized students in 3 groups:
- Occasional smokers (less than 5 joints per week)
- Habitual smokers (an average of 33 joints per week)
During a couple of weeks, the groups took several IQ tests in order to check the differences in performance. The results were the following:
- The non-smoker group kept scoring the same grades. There was a small improvement in their scores of about 1 or 2 points.
- The occasional smokers showed an average improvement of 5 points
- Habitual smokers worsened their scores about 4 points during the examination period
After a number of weeks without smoking any weed, the differences between the 3 groups disappeared.
The results lead to the conclusion of weed being most likely a learning enhancer for occasional smokers. Maybe the reason why smart teenagers prefer weed over tobacco is because it helps them memorize and retain information.