How does smoking marijuana affect academic performance?

(Big Think, October 17) Research has consistently shown that people report using marijuana in order to feel the high, experience enhanced feelings, increase social connections or cope with certain feelings and moods.

Among young adults early in the pandemic, there were modest reductions in motivations for using marijuana for celebratory reasons and slight increases toward using marijuana because of boredom, possibly due to initial physical distancing mandates and stay-at-home orders. However, among the main reasons for using, both before the pandemic and during as well, are feelings of enjoyment or the high associated with marijuana use.

We do not yet know the impact of these shifting motivations for using marijuana or whether patterns seen during the pandemic will continue after. Read the rest.