Firstly, this is very annoying because I have no such excuse for my poor school results back in the 80s (this probably qualifies as 'back in the day' or even 'old school' by now) - I was just lazy (which takes less effort to type than 'indolent'....oh, crap...). Seriously though, I have never used any kind of recreational drug in my life - not counting that old favourite alcohol, of course (and my personal period of significant alcohol abuse was relatively short and took place mostly before I turned 21 and matured enough to realise how stupid it was) - so I have to assume that my lack of achievement is all down to me. Bummer.
Secondly; are you surprised? I'm talking from the perspective of one who's witnessed and dealt with a lot of drug abuse/abusers when I say what I'm about to say... I actually don't really care a great deal if someone chooses to imbibe in recreational drugs. It's a personal choice; not a particularly bright one (and neither was my period of enthusiastic drinking), but usually a conscious one, and if we don't own our own bodies, what the hell do we actually own? If person A wishes to try using weed or any other kind of drug, then OK. If person B (eg. me) chooses not to follow that path, then that's OK too; no better or worse a choice, depending upon what your expectations of life may be.
If you're going to use recreational drugs, it makes sense to me that you'd first want to think at least for a few seconds whether or not there's a trade-off involved. Nature, after all, abhors imbalance (Incidentally: I hear that Nature, having been polled repeatedly on the subject, recently lobbied for an end to questions about balance in general, and in particular; water seeking its own level, for, nature said, crying out loud) and if you are seeking an up, a down, a sideways or a rip-in-the-space/time-continuum kind of experience, it's a little foolish not to consider that something else is likely to change in some kind of balance-seeking, erm...thing. In other words (why didn't I just say this first?); there are very few things in life that come without any kind of trade or payment.
Examples include the effects on our bodies of smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, abusing prescription drugs (or prescription drugs that abuse us - have you SEEN those lists of side effects???) and that old favourite, challenging gravity with the assistance of parachute nylon: specifically throwing yourself out of perfectly good aeroplanes or from otherwise harmless cliffs and mountains.
So using cannabis probably doesn't help your neurological processes. Yup, could've guessed that one, and if anyone's surprised, they've probably not been watching until now. All drug abuse is a risky business, and perhaps that's part of the attraction; taking on the odds, giving the world the finger and going for it anyway. Fair enough: it's your life, but remember the law. Remember, please, that your life doesn't include an entitlement to screw with the lives of others in order to facilitate what may become an addiction or dependence. All drugs are risky, and so long as we only mess with ourselves, so what? If you wish to damage your cognitive faculties, go for it; knock yourself out (literally).
The folks who use cannabis medicinally will of course, and most understandably, be taking this study in hand and thinking about the implications - a trade-off is a trade-off no matter what. However, this news is not really about medicinal use (indeed, 'medicinal' cannabis is still seemingly regarded with even less acceptance than the 'medicinal' use of alcohol - how strange!), is it?
This is of course, being trumpeted in tacit support of the ongoing 'war' on drugs - you know the one; the war that can never be won, and thus will continue to be a drain on the world's economy with very little return. It's a piece of information with which to beat teenagers over the head - again; fair enough. If it's what it takes to sway a young person's decision one way or the other, the cat (cool cat, baby?) is now out of the bag anyway - and it forms part of the information/disinformation jigsaw that we may all access online. To me it makes little difference; I have no desire to experiment with recreational drugs and I can't imagine changing my mind on that one any time soon.
For me, however, a simpler truth seems obvious. Drugs of whatever kind go hand-in-hand with human nature; they will always be around, whether society approves of their use or not. Recreational drugs will never be eradicated, and their profligate and proliferated use will only ever be curtailed by the imposition of strict, ruthless police states. Doing battle with drug use is like juggling with