College Students Smoking More Weed…And Getting Higher GPAs


While teen use of cannabis is down, college kids are smoking more weed than ever before. And they’re also getting better grades.

More College Students Smoking Weed Than Ever Before

In the 80s and early 90s, the use of marijuana among college students fell from 56 percent to 29 percent. The 70s came to a screeching halt when the War on Drugs became focus of Regan-based politics.

Some experts assume that campaigns to keep kids off drugs could have something to do with the decline. Others speculate that not as many reported consumption in this decade that was strongly anti-getting high. Once people realized pot wasn’t as bad as originally presumed however, these numbers began to once again increase.

From 1991-2014, the number of college kids who admitted to smoking pot continually increased, topping out at 36 percent. It wasn’t until 2008 that numbers began to increase steadily, where the use of cannabis among college kids passed the decade- high rate of 20.8 percent.

As cannabis became more culturally acceptable, college students began consuming it more. As legalization efforts began to become more prominent, so did the use of weed with kids going to college. Between 2007-2014, numbers rose from 3.5 percent to 5.9 percent.

College Students Smoking More Weed AND Getting Higher GPAs

Cannabis use with college students isn’t the only thing that rose. And while this isn’t credited to the fact that more kids in college are using cannabis, it does show that it doesn’t attribute to academic learning.

The perils predicted by so many when pot was legalized don’t seem to manifesting like people once thought. The legalization of recreational and medical cannabis hasn’t led to an increase in teen use, and it hasn’t had an impact on higher education performance.

A 2017 study even found that “adolescents who started using cannabis at age 17 or older performed equally well (on IQ and prefrontal cortex tests) as adolescents who did not use cannabis.”