Does Marijuana Make You Stupid? (No, and in some cases the opposite?)

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    Aug 18, 2011 12:05 PM GMT
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/08/does-marijuana-make-you-stupid/

    And this returns us to marijuana: putting people in a positive mood roughly doubled their accuracy at the task. All of a sudden, they were twice as good at identifying problems with possible solutions. This suggests that anything that makes us happier, reducing vigilance and anxiety, might also make us more creative. We can detect more remote associations, of course, but we also know which associations are worth pursuing, which is probably even more important. It doesn’t matter if it’s pot, chocolate or a stand-up comic – those substances or experiences that put a smile on our face can also increase the powers of the imagination, at least when solving particular creative problems.

    So here’s the very un-D.A.R.E. takeaway: heavy marijuana use doesn’t seem to cause any sort of lasting brain damage. All the negative side-effects are relatively temporary. (But those side-effects are real, so don’t try to study, drive or play chess while high. You really will perform much worse on most tasks.) Furthermore, the sort of anxiolytic giddiness triggered by THC comes with its own unexpected benefits, which is probably why humans have been self-medicating with cannabis for thousands of years.
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    Aug 18, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    That article is so wrong. Chess while high is awesome lol. Just make sure u play against another high person or u get raped.
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    Aug 18, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    I don't know how I would have done sober, but I actually aced my calc two final high my senior year in highschool. I can't smoke anymore because of drug testing in college, and am sort of over it anyway. Weed is psychologically addictive though. If you are a heavy user its so easy to get dependent on it. I have a few burn out friends that are now dealing and will most likely go to jail...
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    Aug 18, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    While I think it's fine for some people, I have definitely seen a correlation between some of my friends smoking and losing their apparent wit, sense of humor, initiative, and outward energy. It may not have lowered their intelligence per se, but it did seem to affect what they did with their intelligence!
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    Aug 18, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    There's a big difference between waking up blazing, and smoking throughout the day (ahhh college) and what I do now. I have 8 hours of work, go to gym, do errands come home and roll and smoke a joint while cooking dinner. I smoke once a day and honestly don't think it has any negative effects. Now I was a bit of a burnout in college when I was smoking many times a day. So I am speaking from experience.

    Everything in moderation guys.


    If u have ever seen the tarantino movie "jackie brown" I have the same motto that Sammy j has in that movie. He smokes at the end of the day when he's done with his shit. The day he breaks that rule he dies in the movie.... Go figure.
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    Aug 18, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    I think if you are going to be high during a test it is better to have been high while studing for that test as your brain can go back to the same brain patterns. This is just an opinion, only based on my personal experience. However, I think it is better to be sober for both so later on when you go to apply the information learned you do not have to be high at work.

    I have found the the affects of THC to be different for different types of marijuana use. For example, bubble gum is not as intense as chile mango and is completely different from hashish so that brings up the question as to what type of weed was used for the knowledge written about in the article above?
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    Aug 18, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    This pretty much corresponds with my own observations.

    However, it's so dependent on your own mood, which might not even be obvious at the surface, that you can't really use it as a reliable performance enhancer.
  • tony_boost

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    Aug 18, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    i feel like you can become lazy whether you're high or not, i lacked enthusiasm for life for a long time both before and after i started smoking, but me and a lot of friends i have love mj so much that we don't want to have to give up school jobs and working out just to get high, so now i work it into my day, jog down to the beach and have a bowl, if i have work i'll hit the gym right after and smoke a bowl after the showers, its just a great way to unwind, something i have a lot of trouble with otherwise
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    Aug 18, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidThat article is so wrong. Chess while high is awesome lol. Just make sure u play against another high person or u get raped.
    That last sentence makes me wanna get high and play chess against a sober person. icon_biggrin.gif
  • ATXnative

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    Aug 18, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    It doesn't really matter guys, get high if you want, and don't if you don't. There's arguments for both sides. This won't be settled here in an rj forum. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • wild_sky360

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    Aug 18, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    My boy takes small hits all through the day, and he's a sharp guy. If I had even one toke, I'd forget my phone number and feel anxious all day; a classic paradoxical response. Likewise, some scripts that would knock most people on their ass, will energize me and really clear my head for focused work.
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    Aug 18, 2011 5:21 PM GMT
    Didnt Lady Gaga say she smokes down when shes writing?
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    Aug 18, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    DetroitDan saidDidnt Lady Gaga say she smokes down when shes writing?


    Does that explain why her new cd is way lackluster.
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    Aug 18, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Most heavy marihuana smokers I know are the laziest people alive specially when it comes to find a job or go back to college. They also think the world is this huge conspiracy against them, not because they love weed just because.

    On the other hand recreational use is just fine, a hardcore alcoholic would also be perceived as the laziest human been evern born. All drugs fuck with ur brain bad. When it comes to weed there's a tolerance problem and since every single person who uses it does it for the high once u don't get the high u want to over use. This effect basically makes some weed smokers attracted to try less mild drugs opening the door for a true addiction and dependency. Although I don't personally know many weed smokers who go hardcore with stronger drugs, I would say that 95% of those I know have tried pretty much every popular drug theres out there including Cocaine, Heroine and Extacy.

    This is just based on personal experienced i might be different across cultores or specifc groups.