How does smoking marijuana affect academic performance? Two researchers explain how it can alter more than just moods

In a trend that coincided with the pandemic, marijuana use among college students in 2020 reached levels not seen since the 1980s. That’s according to the latest research from Monitoring the Future—an annual survey that looks at drug and alcohol use among the nation’s young people. Below, Jason R. Kilmer and Christine M. Lee—both University of Washington School of Medicine researchers who study marijuana use among college students—explain some of the reasons behind the trend, and some of its consequences.

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