Seriously: A study by researchers at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Rutgers University looked at men who smoked pot in their youth and determined that it did not ruin their lives.
The academics looked at male pot smokers aged 15 to 26 and tracked them into their mid-30s. They examined socioeconomic, social, and life satisfaction outcomes.
They concluded, according to a statement, that the weed use was “not positively associated with poorer quality of life outcomes later in life.”
There were some differences, but other “pre-existing, confounding factors” (such as poverty and education) almost always explained them regardless of cannabis use, according to the statement.
An abstract spelled it out:
After statistically accounting for confounding variables, chronic marijuana users were not at a heightened risk for maladjustment in adulthood except for lower SES (socioeconomic status) among Black men.
The research was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.