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Cannabis use at University

At one time, cannabis use among university students reached a staggering 68%. This figure represented the student community who had tried cannabis at least once whilst at university. Cannabis use at university can be a huge problem for students, parents and teachers alike. Here, Port of Call explores the prevalence of cannabis at university and offers advice for receiving help, whether it be for you or a friend.

Cannabis use among university students

There will always be concern surrounding drug use at university. This concern was acutely felt in 2015 when five students were hospitalised after taking a drug they assumed was cannabis. Fortunately, in this case, all the students were discharged from hospital without any long-lasting effects. However, the situation could have been much worse.

University is the first time most students have lived away from home. This sense of freedom, coupled with a different party every night, can sometimes lead individuals to partake in excessive alcohol consumption and recreational drug use. Cannabis use at university is arguably higher than any other illegal drug use, as it is believed that the effects of marijuana aren’t as severe as other illegal substances.

However, this isn’t necessarily the case.

cannabis use at university

Facts about cannabis

Many people smoke cannabis after assuming the substance doesn’t have any addictive qualities. They underestimate the power of the drug and the dependence it can lead to. While marijuana may not be as harmful as other illicit drugs, it can lead to unpleasant short and long-term mental health problems, such as anxiety and paranoia.

Smoking cannabis will affect each user differently, yet the most common effects of smoking the drug can variously include:

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Relaxation

Dangers of cannabis for young people

According to the BBC , a study has suggested that long-term cannabis use by young people can lead to higher risks of psychosis in later years. In the study, participants, aged between 14-24, were tested at three points during a ten-year period and the results illustrated a significant increase in psychotic symptoms at the end of the research. This study emphasises the extent of the dangers cannabis poses, especially in young people.

How to get marijuana addiction treatment?

If you are worried about your cannabis use at university, or that of a friend, it is important that you seek appropriate help. Depending on the extent of the problem, different treatments will be available. If you feel you need support or advice on the best cannabis addiction treatments, then please contact Port of Call. We are specialists in providing the right care, at the right time, arranging personalised treatments for those who need it most. You can speak to one of our drug rehab experts today by ringing 08000029010 or email help@portofcall.com.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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