Science Says: Smart Kids Twice as Likely to Smoke Weed as Teens

Teacher's pet at 11; stoner savant by 17.

You know those in-your-face bumper stickers moms put on the back of their Lexus SUV hybrids that say MY KID IS AN HONOR STUDENT AT GOWER GULCH MIDDLE SCHOOL? Well, researchers at Britain’s University College London have uncovered fresh data that make those stickers less annoying.

According to findings of a seven-year study published in the journal BMJ Open, parents of academically high-achieving 11-year-olds should know that their children are twice as likely as duller contemporaries to be marijuana smokers at the ages of 18 to 20.

Behavioral scientists analyzed metrics on 6,059 young English scholars, from both private and public schools, and found clear evidence that the smarter the kid, the more likely a tasty spliff is in that child’s near-distant future.

From the Independent:

Clever children are more likely to smoke weed in their late teenage years—ages 18-20—because they are more curious and have a stronger desire to be accepted by older peers.
During their late teens, brainy children were also more than twice as likely to drink alcohol regularly and persistently than those who did not achieve higher grades.

Still, being saddled with a smart youngster is not all bad news for Mom and Dad. The middle-school honor student is less likely than poorly performing classmates to smoke cigarettes as a teen—so that's one less phase you'll need them to grow out of.