Drugs Pot: Good for Teenagers
posted by November 7 at 10:20 AMon
This ABC News headline is a little misleading:
Swiss Study Has Some Surprises on Marijuana News: Survey suggests use of drug doesn’t impact grades, relationships
You have to get past the similarly misleading photo caption—under a picture of what looks like a teenager smoking the biggest joint you’ve ever seen—and read the actual story before you learn that teenagers who smoke pot have as-good-or-better grades and peer relationships than kids who do not.
In fact, those who used only marijuana were “more socially driven… significantly more likely practice sports and they have a better relationship with their peers” than abstainers, it said.
“Moreover, even though they are more likely to skip class, they have the same level of good grades…”
So much for all those Partnership for a Drug-Free America PSAs featuring stoned do-nothing, friendless losers wasting away on basement sofas. (But that kid’s got one hot, hot, hot loser stoner for an older brother, huh?)
The study also shows that teenagers who use pot are also no more likely to be depressed than teenagers who don’t. Is there any bad news for teenage pot smokers? Yes: they have “a worse relationship with their parents,” parents that are probably worried about the damage their kids’ pot use is gonna do to their kids’ grades.