October 20, 2009

Crossfaded College Culture: Alcohol and Marijuana - Campus Cannabis

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In an American college, most students smoke weed or drink alcohol, or both. Other drugs are also used but with far less frequency. Over 80% of college students are reported drinkers, according to a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, they even say 31% are alcohol abusers. Marijuana use in college is at about 30%.

A question that's always thought of and confronted at nearly ever college party is "should I drink and smoke?". It's become popular enough to get it's own term, crossfaded. The consensus among doctors is that mixing alcohol and just about everything, including marijuana, is always bad.

"The big three when you mix alcohol and cannabis are: effect on judgment, effect on motor performance, and sedation," says Christopher Welsh, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. (cbs news)

That said, those who report mixing them have a variety of perspectives. The main two remarks are that either they "love it, or they threw up. With those odds most people would stay away, but in college students aren't usually worried what most people are or should be doing.

Crossfaded college culture doesn't end at parties, it's also kind of present as a topic of campus conversations. Which one is better, worse for you, or why is one legal and the other not? It's impossible to determine which is more "fun", but some people put a lot of time trying to find out why one is considered too dangerous to be a legal option.

Alcohol has the double whammy of being relatively easy to overdose on, the cause of over 5000 deaths a year, and being physically addictive to the point of causing a serious withdrawl. Marijuana has neither, the argument is made that the damages that it causes are mental, though there is no proof of permanent effects.

It seems like weed and alcohol are paired for eternity, they provide contrast and entertainment.

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