Study Pot Smoking For Middle-Aged Men Can Actually Improve Mental Sharpness




Pot use actually appeared to improve "cognitive functioning" among the middle-aged men it examined.
 
Researchers looked at a whopping 8,992 men who used drugs, mainly marijuana, at age 42, and then again at age 50. They were given tests to determine their level of brain functioning. The study concluded:

A positive association was observed between ever (past or current) illicit drug use and cognitive functioning.
Reuters notes that " ... marijuana was by far the most common indulgence for the participants" of the study by Alex Dregan of King's College London.

Hell yeah, said the shaved-headed, 50-year-old creep who still has a bong and goes to raves. In your face, dad.

The study warns that heavy, long-term drug use could still be bad for your smarts and memory. But a little toke now and then with the boys? Eh.
An abstract of the study concludes:

At the population level, it does not appear that current illicit drug use is associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age.
THE STUDY ABSTRACT

From March to July of 2011, the authors investigated the prospective association between illicit drug use and cognitive functioning during the mid adult years. A total of 8,992 participants who were surveyed at 42 years of age in the National Child Development Study (1999–2000) were included. The authors analyzed data on 3 cognitive functioning measures (memory index, executive functioning index, and overall cognitive index) when the participants were 50 years of age (2008–2009). Illicit drug use at 42 years of age was based on self-reported current or past use of any of 12 illicit drugs. Multivariable regression analyses were performed to estimate the association between different illicit drug use measures at 42 years of age and cognitive functioning at 50 years of age. A positive association was observed between ever (past or current) illicit drug use and cognitive functioning (β = 0.62, P < 0.001), although the effect size was small. Even though there was no clear evidence against the null hypothesis, drug dependence (β = −0.27, P = 0.58) and long-term illicit drug use (β = −0.04, P = 0.87) tended to be negatively associated with cognitive functioning. At the population level, it does not appear that current illicit drug use is associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age. However, the authors cannot exclude the possibility that some individuals and groups, such as those with heavier or more prolonged use, could be harmed.  

Read More: Reuters

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