12 Days of Giveaways - Spin & Win! Sign up before Dec. 25th to win daily prizes and a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card. Find out details.

Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Jim Liebelt Christian Blog and Commentary

Smoking Marijuana as a Teenager Lowers IQ for Life

Smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ into adulthood and could have a lifelong impact, researchers have warned.

U.S. researchers found the damaging effects of the drug remained even if users stopped smoking marijuana as adults.

They said teenagers face increased risks from smoking marijuana, because the brain is rapidly developing at this time.

The scientists, from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the U.S., added that smoking cannabis affects critical thinking and memory during use, with the effects persisting for days.

Reviewing a range of studies on marijuana smoking, they reiterated that marijuana impairs driving and increases the risk of being involved in a car accident.

"It is important to alert the public that using marijuana in the teen years brings health, social, and academic risk," said lead author and NIDA director Dr. Nora D. Volkow.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Source: Daily Mail