- 1 Does Smoking While Studying Lead To Poor Academic Performance Or Better Grades?
Does Smoking While Studying Lead To Poor Academic Performance Or Better Grades?
If you went to college, lived on campus, and experienced the typical college life, you have most likely encountered two types of weed smokers. (Personally, I was in a fraternity in college in the 80s, and knew each of these individuals)
- The Genius -A mathematical/engineering genius who has done every drug you can think of and gets high every day and many times even before class. He is a caricature of the stereotypical stoner. However, he or she gets good grades and excels.
- The Burnout -The student who smokes every day skips class and will be lucky if he lasts a year in college. I even knew a few burnouts who took their tuition money and bought weed and never even went to school.
If you encounter both of these individuals you may think that pot is either a Godsend or a ticket to being kicked out of university because of poor grades and performance.
So, what can weed do for your studies?
Will weed help you study for exams? Will it make you apathetic and fail your classes? Or does it depend? Find out more in this article.
Minors and Weed
It would be irresponsible of me to not mention the link between minors and weed. Ganjashark is not Reefer Madness or Nancy Reagan-Just Say No To Drugs. So, based upon scientific studies I will tell the good and also the bad effects that weed can have.
Minors and weed use have actually been studied quite extensively. Per Web MD, heavy weed use during the teenage, adolescent years can cause permanent negative effects to the brain. These studies showed that teen smokers had fewer neural connections in their brains, which means memory loss and an overall lower IQ. The reason for this is that cannabis may negatively affect a growing brain. Web MD admits that smoking weed is likely not the sole cause of why this happens. However, there is a link between teenage use of ganja and school performance.
The bottom line concerning minors and weed is that teenagers should not smoke weed until they are in their twenties, and absolutely not smoke while studying.
Tips For Studying High
Indica or Sativa
You’ve probably known the difference between an Indica strain and a Sativa strain, or at least, you think you know the difference.
To those who are not familiar, Indica strains are said to be a relaxing, sedating high that you would take when you want to chill out, watch a movie or take before going to bed for the night.
On the other hand, Sativa is meant for socializing and is said to help with creativity and also certain athletic pursuits.
These old ideas on the differences between Sativa and Indica are not necessarily correct. So, if you are wanting to predict what a certain type of bud will do for you, do not just rely on whether or not it is Sativa or Indica. Instead, look at its cannabinoids and terpenes.
A lower THC percentage cannabis strain is the best choice. High THC levels will hurt your studies and provide little or no benefits. So, if you want to be sure that you are more focused; look for a lower THC strain and perhaps a CBD dominant strain.
Terpenes are the best predictor of how a certain strain will affect you. Terpenes are what give a cannabis bud its smell and flavor. More importantly, a Terpene will be better able to help you predict how cannabis will affect your overall brain function. For example, certain terpenes help with pain relief and anxiety. While other terps are said to make you concentrate better. So, If you are wanting to try studying high you should try strains with the following terpenes and avoid strains that will make you tired. Following are terpenes that, Royal Queen Seed states can help you with staying in focus and help with your memory.
- Limonene -This is the second most popular terpene (Mycene is the first. It gives weed a citrus taste and is said to help with memory, and the ability to focus. Haze strains most commonly have limonene.
- Pinene -This terp has a reputation for helping with your memory. Skunk Strains are the most common types that would have this terpene.
- Eucalyptol -Helps with concentration and mental focus.
- Carene -Positively affects the nervous system and boosting your memory.
What Strains Should Be Avoided?
Myrcene is the most common terpenes found in cannabis. Myrcene has also been used historically as a sleep aid. So, it is best to stay away from Myrcene dominant strains.
Look For The Entourage Effect– The entourage effect occurs when certain strains and CBD types interact with one another, which can result in unintended consequences. So, when choosing a strain, do research and also consult with your budtender or other trusted expert to find out if “X” cannabis strain will work for you.
How Exactly Does Cannabis Get You High And Effect The Brain?
As weed has historically been illegal and generally frowned upon worldwide. Scientific studies are limited. However, with cannabis’s newfound acceptance, this trend is beginning to be reversed. The science behind this is way beyond my pay grade. Cannabis though can be both positive and negative on brain development. On the extreme, studies have linked smoking weed with the early onset of psychosis. (They were already susceptible to psychosis and cannabis allegedly made come on quicker)
A brain’s neural connectivity helps your brain efficiently process information. Weed is thought by some to help improve your brain’s neural connectivity. However, the study also stated that cannabis on some level does shrink the brain.
Heavy cannabis use has been shown to negatively affect both your spatial memory and working memory. With spatial memory, you are able to remember where you left an object both in your short-term memory and long-term memory. Problems with working memory though are especially damaging as it allows you to use and process info at the same time. So, if you do not have a good working memory you may be enthusiastic and ready to learn. But, you may also forget the information.
Can You Focus, Read While High, and Do Homework While High?
The answer to this question varies on the person, the strain being smoked, and how much is smoked. Obviously, no matter what strain you smoke, heavy smoking will negatively affect your concentration, motivation, memory, etc.
It also is dependent upon the subject matter that you are studying. Some terpenes are noted for helping with creativity, which means you may be better able to brainstorm, conquer writer’s block, etc. Weed also may cause you to have concentration problems, which could be quite damaging when you are on a tight schedule.
Where your study session is located can also predict if smoking weed can work as a study aid. For example, even a pro-cannabis, website admits that when stoned your motivation and ability to focus may suffer, which in turn will negatively affect your productivity.
This means that, if you decide to smoke and do school work, you should try to smoke in a distraction-free environment. This means that it could be best to study at home, alone where you won’t be attempted to start a philosophical conversation with a friend. And, also avoid working on a group project when you are under the influence.
You may find that background music will help you concentrate better. Also, listening to classical music, like Mozart, may even help you even become smarter. This Mozart Effect was debunked. However, instrumental music may help keep you on track.
The overall stress levels for college students can seem unbearable during finals. As a result, college students’ minds will be racing and thinking of subjects that need to be remembered, everything and anything that could potentially happen, and how they are going to ace their final. To combat this stress, after a night of studying, current cannabis users may find that smoking weed helps them reduce stress and also fall asleep. And a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to do well on a test.
Whether or not you want to try studying while high is up to you. Under certain circumstances, provided you are not a minor, a joint or hit could help. If you do decide to do it though you need to choose your strain wisely, practice good study habits. Also, when studying only take a low dose. ( AKA “micro-dose”) If you are not familiar with micro-dosing I would suggest that you check out this article.
Finally, if you are wanting to give studying while high a try, you should first try it on a test run that is non-academic or not-crucial (I.E., self, voluntary learning) to see if it works.