Scientific journal says women who smoke weed have higher IQs
A recently published study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community health took a look at 800 female cannabis users, and found that women who smoke cannabis boasted higher IQs than the general public. Women who were 50% smarter than the average women were more likely to smoke cannabis in general.
Now, before you start bragging to your friends and co-workers how cannabis makes you smarter, there are definitely a lot of caveats here. First of all, 800 women isn’t a great sample to draw conclusions from — it’s hardly a representative selection of the billions of women around the world. Second, correlation does not imply causation — just because women with higher IQs smoke cannabis, it doesn’t mean that cannabis is causing higher intelligence, or vice versa.
That said, there are a few theories and ideas. The journal’s writers believe that a higher IQ might push a person to seek out more stimulation, and find cannabis for its uplifting and creative effects. We would also throw out income as a factor — a woman with a higher IQ might be able to make more money or have more resources, and thus have more access to cannabis regularly.
Those are just theories, however. It is true that legalization means that cannabis is reaching out to new audiences, and that more Americans than ever are trying and using cannabis, freed from the legal (and let’s be honest, racial) issues that hovered over it in the past. Smoking weed won’t necessarily make you smarter, but it’s possible that more women with higher IQs have found a use for cannabis in their lives.