This week is the Week of the International Student. Call it COVID or call it the result of ongoing legalization efforts, but more and more college students are smoking cannabis more often than ever before.
A national study from the University of Michigan (USA) found that the number of students participating in marijuana has peaked at 35 years (no pun intended); with nearly half of all students aged 19-22 reporting use at least once in the past year and a quarter of students reporting use in the past month.
This is not necessarily a bad sign. The sample of the study comes from Ann Arbor, where legal marijuana dispensaries abound and cannabis culture thrives. Research on cannabis has shown that it is much less dangerous than alcohol; Not only does a marijuana high not cause harm to the user's body, but marijuana does not enhance impulsive behavior in the same way as alcohol does.
In addition, the effects of marijuana - namely relaxation and pleasure - can be beneficial in the school environment, which can be quite severe with all the pressure on a mental health. younger.
Still, college or university students should know how to use weed without affecting their advanced academic studies. Here are a few tips for using marijuana safely and successfully in college ...
Never do schoolwork when you are high
As stressful as academia may be, students should avoid trying to manage their homework while under the influence of marijuana. This means that going to class, viewing online lectures, completing homework assignments, participating in labs, writing essays and taking tests should always be done with a clear head. This ensures that all schoolwork is done to the best of the student's ability and helps students avoid simple mistakes that can cost them valuable points.
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana doesn't provide many of the effects students praise it for. For example, cannabis does not increase creativity; it only reduces inhibitions, which can feel like a boost to creativity, but it rarely helps in creating original or interesting new ideas. Likewise, marijuana is not helpful for increasing attention, especially on school assignments. Rather, marijuana brings the focus to the body and mind, which can decrease motivation for external tasks.
Choosing to enjoy this beautiful green plant only when a student has time for aimless recreation is a great way to stay in school and enjoy the stress-relieving fun and social aspects of cannabis.
Want to smoke as a student? Don't bring weed on campus
Regardless of whether marijuana is legal in a student's state or country, it is almost certainly banned on that student's campus.
Similar rules have long applied to alcohol. Because colleges and universities do not want to be held accountable for the use of illegal substances, most schools simply and clearly prohibit the use of all substances on the school premises. This means that students are not allowed to do weed in dormitories, classrooms, public campus areas and the like.
Different schools have different penalties for possessing or using marijuana on campus. In the days before legalization, many students were expelled from school for having even a small amount of weed, but today students of legal age to purchase and use cannabis are only fined or briefly suspended.
Of course, taking large amounts of marijuana to campus or getting caught selling stuff can still justify severe punishment. It may be wise for students to know and use their university's position on drug possession to understand the risks.
Know your own limits
While marijuana does not cause internal damage or death – especially not like alcohol poisoning does – it is not without its dangers. Overdosing on THC can lead to serious side effects, including hallucinations, increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate, intense nausea, and even seizures.
Even worse, some people who overdose on THC panic and the effects of their high cause them to fall down stairs, into traffic, or drive badly, resulting in injury or death. So always be careful.
Students should not rush their cannabis use and try to consume the weed as soon as possible. Instead, as a college student, you should start with small doses - maybe just one hit from a joint or bong - and only increase the dose once the unique responses to the soft drugs are fully understood and there is confidence in the body's ability to process larger amounts of THC.
Students using cannabis is nothing new, but as more young adults experiment with the new substance and legality, more students will need guidance on when and where it is appropriate to get involved. Knowing the rules of the school and committing to safe and legal practices will allow students to navigate through college and still benefit from the joys of marijuana.