Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Here's some promising news for learning cannabis lovers. Scientists from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of public health have reviewed reports from a study that involved 39,000 Ontario students from 1981 to 2011. The studies show that straight up pot smokers perform better in school than cigarette smokers and those who smoke both substances. Not only that, but less kids are smoking tobacco now than 30 years ago.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health asked students in Grades 7, 9 and 11 about their tobacco and marijuana use, and their academic performance.
The study found that marijuana-only users did better at school than their counterparts who smoked only cigarettes or who smoked both cigarettes and marijuana. However, the findings reflect the fact that fewer students smoke tobacco today compared to 30 years ago, and those that do make up a very “marginalized, vulnerable” population, says lead study author Michael Chaiton, assistant professor in epidemiology and public health policy.
Logically, students that don't part take in the wacky tobaccy do better, according to Chaiton.
“Now there is a distinction between marijuana use and co-use with other substances, and it’s an indication of the changing social norms. So it’s not an absolute that they do better; it’s that social norms have changed and the population of people who use marijuana are more like the general population.”
Sometimes it's like everything from Cheech and Chong's Big Bambu album is coming true.