You’re probably in your dorm smoking a joint right now, wondering, “Is this going to help me with my studies?“
Good thing, answering that question is what this article is all about.
For most people, college can be one of the craziest times of their life.
Marijuana and many other recreational drugs are just in 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?
Studying high: potential benefits
Let’s start with the positive things that marijuana brings to the table.
But before anything else, please consider that drugs affect everyone differently.
So there’s no guarantee that you’ll have these benefits below. Nonetheless, these are what most people experience while high on marijuana:
You become more relaxed
Marijuana will 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 your stress levels are low, you’re less anxious, making it easier for you to digest information.
You sleep better
As mentioned earlier, taking small amounts of THC will make you more relaxed. 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 overall better mental and physical performance.
You become more creative
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.”
Studying high: the downsides
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:
You won’t retain what you’ve learned
In high doses, smoking weed will significantly decrease cognitive functions such as attention and memory.
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.
You become reckless and unmotivated
Like any vice, marijuana is costly. If you’re in college, 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, which is 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
For starters, you only get the benefits of marijuana if you smoke in small amounts.
The problem is that most people don’t have enough discipline, especially college students. Peer pressure and other factors easily contribute to smoking more than the recommended dose to enjoy its positive effects.
The bottom line: studying high is not a good idea
Although we have mentioned a few positive things about marijuana, it still boils down to circumstance.
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 choices.
Spend your time and money on weed or complete your studies?
The unfortunate truth is that most addicts would never choose the latter.
People who use marijuana daily also have lower personal income than those who don’t. Due to the connotation associated with the substance, employers still find marijuana users as 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.