Many students choose not to use marijuana because they feel that it is not worth the negative effects. However, some young adults still choose to use this drug. When considering the effects of marijuana, what do you think? Some would answer this question by saying that marijuana use is perceived as having a calming effect and provides a sense of euphoria. While some users have reported this experience, it is not the case for everyone. In fact, many people who have used marijuana report quite the opposite. The drug actually made them feel anxious, fearful, distrustful, and panicked. That doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me.
For those who have reported “euphoric effects”, what is the expense of this short-lived experience?
- How is their quality of life as result of using this drug?
- Do they spend their time as productively as those who don’t use?
- Do they feel as motivated?
- How does the drug impact their academic successes?
- Their sense of clarity and ability to focus?
- How does the drug impact their relationships?
The truth is that marijuana can have a negative impact on all of these things. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse site, heavy marijuana users report lower life satisfaction.
This can mean:
- poorer physical health
- poorer mental health
- more relationship problems
- less academic success
…an overall poor quality of life.
We’re here at BSU to learn and do well in our academics, so let’s focus on marijuana’s effects on academic success. The idea that marijuana hinders academic success physiologically makes sense. THC, the primary chemical in marijuana affects the brain in multiple ways. For example, it interferes with the functioning of one’s hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex. Dust off the cobwebs and think back to Neuroscience or Biopsychology class. When these parts of the brain are altered, so is your memory, learning capacity, and ability to perform complicated tasks. This makes being a college student a lot more difficult than it needs to be. One study found that frequent marijuana users who started smoking in adolescence lost an average of 8 IQ points. And guess what? Even the users who smoked heavily as teenagers but quit as adults were never able to recover those IQ points.
You are the only one that can make the decision about whether or not you will use marijuana. No matter your decision, however, it is important to know the facts about how the drug alters your body and, ultimately, your life. There may be rumors about pleasurable effects of this drug, but it is up to you to critically consider (1) that these effects are not the same for everyone, and (2) at what expense are you willing to go just for the uncertain chance of gaining these perceived “benefits”?
We have all faced difficult times in our lives. Whether it was losing a loved one or battling with a disease, we all deal with our share of struggles and somehow overcome them. This ability to bounce back from hard times is what is known as resilience. It is an innate characteristic of every human being and it means we can survive what may seem like the most unbearable of circumstances.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many people began to experience flashbacks to the day of the event, nightmares, and feelings of anxiety and panic. Runners of the race, first- responders and spectators were all affected by this tragedy. The ways in which each person coped, however, were very different depending on his or her resilience.
As the 2 year anniversary of the bombings approaches, you might be wondering how resilient you may be in a similar situation. Here are some questions to ask yourself to better gauge your resilience level:
- What kinds of events have been the most stressful for me?
- How have they affected me?
- Do important people in my life help me when I am distressed?
- Who do I reach out to for support?
- Has it been helpful for me to assist someone else going through a similar experience?
- Have I been able to overcome obstacles? How?
- What has helped me feel more hopeful about the future?
To get a more detailed look at this, complete the Resilience Scale by clicking here. It should only take about 3 minutes! The Resilience Center, a private company, not affiliated with BSU, will keep your responses in a large database and will only report aggregate data.
Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association you may find useful in building your own resilience:
- Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience.
- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. You can’t change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better.
- Accept that change is a part of living. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.
- Move toward your goals. Develop some realistic goals. Do something regularly — even if it seems like a small accomplishment — that enables you to move toward your goals.
- Take decisive actions. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away.
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery. People often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle with loss
- Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.
- Keep things in perspective. Try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.
- Maintain a hopeful outlook. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
- Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly.
The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for fostering resilience.
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