The College Cannabis Trends and the Decline of Booze
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 09/11/2015 in Medical Marijuana
For anyone who thinks that cannabis and college is a new phenomenon has obviously been living under a rock for the past several decades. College and Cannabis are almost synonymous to each other as ‘young adults’ tend to experiment the moment they leave the comfort of their protective bubble they call home.
However, interestingly as the use of cannabis rises on college campuses, there is a slight decline in consumption of alcohol. In addition, recent studies show an increase of cocaine consumption and MDMA among college students.
The Rise of Marijuana
Cannabis has always been a staple substance in college but as public views on the substance become more relaxed, so the perceived threat of cannabis also becomes less important. While some argue that this is due to the legalization movement, I’d rather argue that people have become aware of the benefits of marijuana and understand that scientifically speaking, it is less dangerous than alcohol.
Yet while there is an increase, the percentage of students consuming marijuana is still completely insignificant compared to alcohol. Roughly 5.9% of college students admit that they are regular smokers. Obviously these percentages should be taken with a grain of salt because who in their right mind will tell the school or the research group they are smoking marijuana when they could be expelled for the act.
Nonetheless, the brave 5.9% of students reported that they are indeed regular smokers.
The Decline of Alcohol
Once more, while there is a statistical decline in the consumption of alcohol, the numbers aren’t going to change the way you look at the world. 67% of college students states they have had an alcohol beverage in the past month, this was in 2000. Four years later the statistic stands at 63%. Binge drinking had a 9% decline from 1980 to 2014. Currently standing at 35% of students claiming they have engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
The Take Away
While prohibitionists would claim that this is alarming, we actually believe the opposite. More college students laying off the booze is a good thing. Secondly, the “rise of marijuana” use is virtually statistically insignificant when compared to alcohol. So even though college students are smoking at a higher rate, it still doesn’t look like any prohibitionist doomsday scenario relating to the Drug-pocalypse they so fervently warned us about.