Regular use of cannabis during teenage years may come with a long term problem after a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that people who used cannabis when they were teenagers suffered from an IQ loss during their adulthood. The study was conducted by researchers at Duke University, in the US, who followed more than 1,000 people in Dunedin over a period of 25 years. The researchers recorded the IQs of the participants when they were 13 years of age and interviewed them about their cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38 years old. The researchers found that those who were regular users of cannabis by the age of 18 years had the lowest IQs when they were 38 years old and the fall in IQs was more severe among the participants who continued to use cannabis in their early adulthood. Stating that the study showed cannabis was not a benign compound as popularly assumed, University of New South Wales School of Psychiatry's Dr Matthew Large said, "You don't get any better information than this. It adds to a growing body of knowledge that cannabis is not an entirely benign compound." Source: Medindia << US FDA Approves Generic Version of Wockhardt’s Drug to Treat... Vitamin B3 Could be Useful in Fighting Off MRSA >> Recommended Reading Drug Abuse The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or substance abuse. Drug abuse or substance abuse is initiated by various biological and social factors. READ MORE Trauma Care Accident and trauma care is an important public health challenge that requires immediate attention. Injury (trauma) is the leading cause of death for all age groups under the age of 44. READ MORE Alcohol abuse Alcohol abuse READ MORE Recreational Drugs are not Completely Safe Recreational drugs are commonly used in rave parties. Serotonin syndrome can occur in patients taking N-benzylpiperazine. READ MORE Cannabis Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy plant with thick sticky flowers called Cannabis Sativa READ MORE Marijuana Marijuana (cannabis) is a drug obtained from the hemp plant and often abused for its psychoactive effects, though it has medicinal uses as well. READ MORE Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain? Is multitasking good when your brain frantically switches between tasks or does it slow down the brain processes causing changes in brain structure? Learn what happens to the brain when you multitask. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: CannabisDrug Abuse Screening TestDrug AbuseMarijuanaMultitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain?