Because of the many higher-level drugs, there is a false belief that cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot) is the least harmful. Although it may not be as overtly obvious, in reality, marijuana abuse ruins lives. Using marijuana and education settings, in particular, do not mix. The former pulls dreams downward, while the latter lifts them upward.
Marijuana Directly Affects Learning Ability
Studies show that after a student has smoked marijuana, the drug stays in their system for days, sometimes weeks. During that time, they experience a decreased attention span. This condition is counterproductive in a learning environment. But how long the effects last depend on if a smoker uses the drug regularly. For example, if a student uses marijuana daily, the results take longer to wear off. Research also indicates that students who are marijuana smokers are less likely to graduate.
The younger the smoker, the earlier the effects of marijuana prove detrimental in their educational outcomes. A study found that teenagers who smoked marijuana had a 60 percent chance of dropping out of high school. This statistic demonstrates that it does not matter what age a person starts to smoke marijuana when they smoke. It will adversely affect their educational aspirations.
Using Marijuana Impacts Health
Marijuana users may believe the effects of smoking are not large enough of an issue to quit. There are other consequences in addition to the loss of attention span. Smoking indirectly affects a person’s future social status, economic lifestyle, and health.
Social-economic effects of using marijuana and ignoring education include:
- Greater dependence on the welfare system
- Higher chance of unemployment
- Higher probability of exhibiting criminal behavior
- Lower-income range
- More apt to be disappointed in life
Adverse health effects include:
- Greater odds of using other drugs
- Higher risk of developing an anxiety disorder
- Increased chance of workplace accidents
- Possibility of marijuana drug dependence
- More frequent thoughts of suicide than those of nonsmokers
Marijuana and Education in a College Setting
A Monitoring the Future (MTF) study revealed that in the past five years, marijuana use, including vaping the drug, has increased to almost 43 percent among college students ages 19-22. The report stated that although the usage has steadily increased by 7 percent in five years, those who are in the same age range smoke daily. In 2018, 11.1 percent of non-college survey respondents used marijuana daily compared to 5.9 percent of college students. Marijuana vaping has doubled among college students to 10.9 percent in 2018.
These statistics illustrate college students believe that marijuana will not affect their studies or their health. The fact is that there were thousands of vaping-based cases, including almost 50 deaths and lung injuries reported through November 2019. What’s more, the chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which controls the high, was present in 77 percent of reported vaping deaths.
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If you or someone you care about is addicted to marijuana, reach out for help. We have several programs available located in a safe environment that is conducive to your recovery.
Some of our services are:
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Faith-Based Drug Rehabilitation
- Relapse Prevention Strategies
- Addiction Treatment Plan
Our quality drug rehab facility has outpatient and inpatient options that fit your schedule. You can beat your addiction. Using marijuana and getting an education work against each other. Our medically trained staff has helped thousands, and we are ready to help you as well. Call 866.314.3222. If you prefer, use our Contact Us form, and we will contact you as soon as possible. The time to quit using marijuana is now.