Drug use on campus

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One study created by researchers at the University of California-San Diego discovered the possibility of marijuana having no effect on brain tissue.

“[Marijuana] affects your school [work] only if you let it,” said one anonymous source who has smoked marijuana for over two years. “[I think] it helps me whenever I get stressed with homework.”

What concerns some is whether or not this drug affects their chance of dropping out or graduating.

However, other research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference held this past February said marijuana may double the stroke risk in young adults.

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 10.48.53 AMStudent Sangoh Choi, who has never tried marijuana and has not tried anything other than alcohol, thinks it can interfere with school and can lead to dropouts.

“You can’t concentrate on other things when you do drugs,” Choi said.

With the recent changes in the laws for marijuana recreational use in Washington and Colorado, according to USAToday, anyone over 21 in these states can possess less than one ounce of marijuana.

According to the Government, NIDA’s Research Report Marijuana Abuse animal studies give clear indication THC effects learning/memory tasks later in life and users report to stop caring as much about what once was thought as important.

The anonymous source that uses marijuana found this amusing. It was only until college, he said, that he could break from the mold he had created during his high school years.

“I was actually against it when I first started high school,” he said. “I started when I got into college. My roommate got me into it.”

However it is more common for people to start smoking, or at least first try marijuana at the age 17 or younger, suggests the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which in turn, according to a study conducted at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, can lead to detrimental effects on the brain due to memory-retrieval processes. Deficits in mathematical skills and verbal expressions are common.

Choi agrees that like any other drug, marijuana can cause many health problems and can lead to permanent damages to your person. ”You become addicted,” Choi said.

This can lead to negative effects in school, and could be the possible cause of the dropout rate for bachelor degree students.