Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance by college students in the U.S. It’s also the second most used substance after alcohol.
While you may have heard varying information about the benefits and risks of marijuana, it never hurts to read about the most up-to-date findings. Research continues to emerge as we learn more about how marijuana works in the body and on the mind.
While using marijuana may be associated with falling asleep more quickly, it also reduces the amount of time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. REM sleep is most associated with dreaming.
The Maryland College Alcohol Survey found that Johns Hopkins students who did not use marijuana in the past year had significantly higher GPAs than students who had used marijuana in the past year.
Both are fat soluble, which means they are stored in the body’s fat and can show up on drug tests even weeks after use.
CBD is the component of marijuana that is often used for medicinal purposes. Research has shown it to be useful in combating certain types of childhood epilepsy.
THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that causes users to feel high.
From the 1960s through the 80s, the THC content in marijuana was less than 2%. In the 90s it rose to 4%. As recently as 2017, THC content had risen to 17-28% and can be even higher (up to 95%) in concentrated products. The increased potency has been associated with increased risk of addiction and worsening mental health problems.
With so many policy changes in recent years, it can be confusing to know if it is legal to use marijuana or not in a variety of settings. Here are some of the terms you may be hearing.
Typical symptoms may include:
7. When someone stops using marijuana, they may experience negative physical and psychological effects called withdrawal.
Some of the symptoms are:
Using alcohol and marijuana together, so that the effects of each overlap, is associated with more risks than using either substance on its own. These can include unsafe driving, social consequences, physical health problems, and greater risk of substance misuse.
All Hopkins students, regardless of school or location, can schedule an appointment with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Specialist to discuss their marijuana use.