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The IQ of Marijuana

By February 14, 2018 August 24th, 2020 No Comments
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Scientists and researchers, James W. Smith MD (Chief of Staff of Schick Shadel Hospital), Gerald Schmeling PhD, and Philip L. Knowles PhD. created a study to show initial IQs and CQ’s (cultural intelligence) of chronic marijuana users before and after aversion therapy with self-managing counseling. Twenty-two individuals participated in the study. The participants consisted of sixteen males and six females. The average age of the participants was 29.8 years old. The average amount of marijuana smoked daily was 3.4 cannabis cigarettes and the average time that each chronic user has been participating in the use of the drug is 13.7 years.

The experiment had the participants stop the use of the drug for the study. The individuals participated in five days of counseling and therapy. Fifty minutes of daily aversion therapy of having the participants rapidly smoke or puff non-THC marijuana. Then each participant would complete 3 days of 30 minute self-managing counseling. The initial average IQ of the participants was 106. After the aversion therapy treatment and counseling, the posttreatment IQ rose up to 112. The initial average CQ of the participants was 92. After the treatment the CQ rose up to 104. Participating in aversion therapy can reduce cravings for marijuana addicts as well as increase IQ and cultural intelligence.

Schick Shadel offers a medical-based addiction treatment for marijuana addicts.

Our team of medical professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital have helped more than 68,000 people in the past 80 years using a medical approach to beat addictions for drugs such as opiates, alcohol, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call us at (800) 272-8464 to speak with one of our intake specialists to learn more about our counter conditioning method, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message to begin your process of seeking help. Your call and information is always 100% confidential.


Smith, J. W., Schmeling, G., & Knowles, P. L. (2002, June 07). A marijuana smoking cessation clinical trial utilizing THC-free marijuana, aversion therapy, and self-management counseling. Retrieved February 14, 2018, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0740547288900189#!

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