High IQ Means You’re More Likely To Get High

Posted on November 16, 2011


Children with high IQs are more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and other illicit drugs as teenagers and adults, reports the LA Times.

“High-IQ individuals have also been shown to score highly on tests of stimulation seeking and openness to experience,” they wrote, and it could be that “illegal drugs are better at fulfilling a desire for novelty and stimulation.”

Two other traits linked with childhood intelligence — boredom and a tendency to be teased by one’s peers — could also fuel an interest in “using drugs as an avoidant coping strategy,” the researchers added.

We just found a new excuse.

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