As per to a new study, the use of marijuana in college students in 2018 was at the uppermost level that was seen in the last 3.5 decades. The study was conducted by the researchers at the University of Michigan. Additionally, the vaping of nicotine and marijuana each doubled for college going youth amid 2017 and 2018. During 2018, almost 43% of full-time college students aged between 19–22 Years reported the use of marijuana at least once in their last 12 Months (stated as per annual occurrence). The 5-Year trend, from 2013–2018, surged by statistically 7% points. Almost, 25% of students reported the use of marijuana at least once in the last 30 Days (30-Day occurrence), demonstrating a noticeable surge in the last 5 Years. Both of these occurrence levels are at extraordinary highs from 1983, when they were 45% and 26%, respectively.
The same-age high school students who were not going full-time showed the same type of upward trend over time. In 2018, their yearly occurrence was 43% and 30-Day incidence was 27%, which are the highest levels from the 1980s. The 30 Days occurrence of vaping marijuana also surged for college students from 5.2% (2017) to 10.9% (2018), which is a significant 5.7% point surge. Amongst non-college students, the 30-Day incidence was at a level of 8% in 2017 and 2018. John Schulenberg—Principal Investigator of the Monitoring the Future Panel review—said, “This double increase in vaping marijuana amongst the college students is one of the maximum 1-Year proportional surges we have seen amongst a large number of substances we determined since the study started over 40 Years ago.”
On a similar study, recently, the pharmacy researchers stated that marijuana use in the mother can impair the baby’s memory. The researchers from Auburn University’s HSOP (Harrison School of Pharmacy) discovered that more and more expectant mothers are inclined to marijuana and that is consequently hampering their baby’s memory. A recent report claimed the number of women utilizing marijuana throughout pregnancy had doubled in the past 15 Years.