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The Study on Marijuana Use, and Craving

TheStudy on Marijuana Use, and Craving

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TheStudy on Marijuana Use, and Craving

Thearticle “Marijuanause, craving, and academic motivation and performance among collegestudents”byPhilips, Lalonde, &amp Tormohlenattempts to illustrate the findings of the study of marijuana use inuniversities, and its connection to academic performance, motivation,and success.

Thehypotheses guiding this study were there is a link between drug useand the intense longing for it, there is an adverse effect betweenmarijuana craving and academic performance in school, and lastly, aconnection between its use and psychomotor functioning.

Theoriesused in this study to explain, predict, and understand the concept ofmarijuana use, craving as well as its correlation to academicmotivation and performance include According to Tiffany’s (2000),Cognitive Processing Model, which provides technicalities tohypothesize the effect of yearning of marijuana on intellectual andspeculative skills. Likewise, Baumeister and Colleagues (2007),recommended a personal regulatory strength model, which can alteroperations dictated by the cognitive control system.

Themethodology used in this research to collect data was a study sampleof 57 college students (47% male). The samples were gathered throughadvertising on flyers and announcements made on the campus. The agedetermines eligibility of these recruits and reported a positivemarijuana urine test later confirmed drug use as well as validity.The entire sample of 57 students met the eligibility criteria. Theparticipant`s confidentiality was protected by using encryptedweb-based service for text messaging whose content together withother paper documents for contact purposes, were immediately deletedafter completion of the study. Later, the students took a structuredquestionnaire that majored on marijuana use with the help of aresearch assistant they were to receive text messages to theirpersonal cellphones thrice a day after the baseline test.

EMAquestions were texted to the participants to assess the associationbetween the marijuana craving and academic motivation thesedocuments were sent randomly during the two- week period.Additionally, Marijuana Use Measure (MUM), and urine tests were usedto determine the frequency of the drug consumption. The RutgersMarijuana use Problem (RMPI) was also administered to assess thenegative consequences correlated with marijuana use. Through thepermission from the participants, the research assistants accessedthe students’ cumulative GPA from the online campus files forverification purposes. Lastly, MSLQ motivated strategies forlearning questionnaires, were used to measure the participants’capacity to undertake academic tasks.

Thefindings of the study showed that participants smoked 25 days out ofthe 30 days of the month. Marijuana craving at one assessment pointtended to bring the drug use for the next evaluation, and it alsonegatively affected the amount of time put into studies in the nextinstance after craving. Similarly, the findings also showed that theamount of time spent smoking marijuana had a significant negativeimpact on the cumulative GPA, which is approximately 7.30% decline.

Inconclusion, based on their findings, the authors of this studysuggest that craving is negatively associated with academicexcellence and motivation. Craving reduces the amount of time putinto studies and is likely to cause a scramble for cognitiveresources hence leading to distractions, academic struggles, andcollege dropouts.

Asa recommendation, there is a need for future studies to elaboratefurther on exactly how cannabis causes these negative associations onacademic motivation and excellence. Additional studies in othersettings will also help us understand this topic better.


Philips,K.T, Philips, M.M, Lalonde, T.L, &amp Tormohlen, K.N. (2015),Addictive behaviors

Marijuanause, craving, and academic motivation and performance among collegestudents (47,42-47), Greeley University of Northern Colorado