Studying While High on Marijuana: Good or Bad Idea?

Studying While High on Marijuana: Good or Bad Idea?

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For most people, college can be one of the craziest times of their life.

Marijuana and many other recreational drugs are just on the campus lurking. Paired with the influence of a friend, getting high isn’t that uncommon — especially now that many states are legalizing it. 

However, is it your ticket to good grades or to flunking out of college?

In this article, we will discuss the potential benefits as well as the disadvantages of studying while high on marijuana.

Studying high: potential benefits?

The benefits of smoking marijuana while studying.

Let’s start with the positive things that marijuana brings to the table.

But before anything else, please consider that cannabis can affect users differently. 

So there’s no guarantee that you’ll have these benefits below. Nonetheless, these are what most people experience while high on marijuana:

Low levels of THC reduces anxiety

Marijuana might give you peace of mind. Research conducted at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago found that taking low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active compound in marijuana) reduces stress. 

When stress levels are low, students experience less anxiety, making it easier to digest information. However, multiple studies report that while low-dose THC can relieve stress, more does just the opposite.

You might sleep better (anecdotal evidence)

As mentioned earlier, taking small amounts of THC will make you more relaxed. In addition, anecdotal evidence suggests that smoking weed an hour before sleeping is the perfect recipe for deep sleep, which will re-energize you for tomorrow’s study session.

Having around 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night promotes productivity and better mental and physical performance overall. 

Increased creativity (anecdotal evidence)

Anecdotal evidence suggests that getting high on marijuana can make you more imaginative or innovative. Although research says there’s no significant change, successful people like Steve Jobs swears by it.

The best way I could describe the effect of marijuana and hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative.

Smoking cannabis in a group project could be an interesting brainstorm technique to come up with new ideas.

Beyond the anecdotal evidence, no study confirms that cannabis has a positive impact on creativity. One study even suggests that marijuana has no positive effects on divergent thinking in novice users and reduced it in regular users

Studying high: the negative effects

The downsides of studying while high on marijuana.

Although smoking weed has its benefits, it also has its downsides. Here are a few things that marijuana can do to you and how it can affect your studies.

Students are less likely retain what they have learned

In high doses, smoking weed will significantly decrease cognitive functions such as attention and memory. In the short term, your brain will become fuzzy, making it harder to study effectively.

With the impairment you experience, it’s almost impossible to retain anything that you’ve studied. To make things worse, the unwanted effects of marijuana intoxication can last for days to weeks. 

Smoking regularly also decreases your overall intellectual level — making you more prone to bad judgment, such as skipping classes or not studying at all. Cannabis users also report that marijuana consumption makes it harder to stay focus.

Long-term marijuana use has a negative effect on grades

Multiple studies have shown long-term marijuana users are more likely to have poor academic performance.

One study on more than 1,000 students shows that early initiates are more likely to exhibit problematic marijuana use, such as poor grades and low academic intentions.

Spending too much money on cannabis

Like any vice, marijuana is costly. If you’re a university student, your time and money are already limited. 

Spending half of your budget on weed can put you in a situation where you have to work more than necessary. 

Having bills piling up can cloud your objective to complete your studies and turn your dreams into reality. It may come to a point where your dedicated study hours become compromised.

Instead of preparing for your examinations, you’re working extra hours to make ends meet so you can buy weed. Because of that, you may likely fail a major exam or an entire semester, which will drag you deeper into misery.

You don’t get any of the pros in high doses

Marijuana users only have significant benefits if they smoke weed in small amounts. Multiple studies report that while low-dose THC can relieve stress, more does just the opposite.

The problem is that most college students don’t have enough discipline to consume low-dose THC. In addition, peer pressure and other factors easily contribute to smoking more than the recommended dose to enjoy its positive effects.

Daily cannabis use has negative effects on mental health

Recent research suggests that daily consumption of high-potency marijuana could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times compared to people who have never used marijuana.

Mental disorders related to daily cannabis use include schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

The bottom line: studying high is usually a bad idea

Is it a good idea to study while high: let's find out.

Unless you have a prescription from your doctor to treat anxiety or ADHD, you should not study while high.

Marijuana is a recreational drug that has the potency to make you addicted to it. About 1 in 6 individuals who started using marijuana as teenagers become addicted to it. That number increases to 2 in 4 when smoked regularly.

When you’re addicted to marijuana or any recreational drug, it can be extremely challenging for you to make the right decisions.

Spend your time and money on weed or complete your studies? The unfortunate truth is that most addicted students would never choose the latter.

Professional perspectives

People who use marijuana daily also have lower personal incomes than those who don’t. Due to the connotation associated with the substance, employers still find marijuana users unproductive and are given fewer career opportunities. 

To be on the safe side, stick to coffee and chocolate when studying. You get more benefits out of them without any risk of cognitive function impairment and addiction.

College is expensive and your gateway tool to become more successful in life. Do not throw it away just because of weed.