Division of Student Affairs > Support Services > Health & Wellness > Alcohol & Substance Misuse Prevention > Cannabis
While alcohol has long been the most commonly used drug among college students, cannabis use has moved up to the number two spot (Monitoring the Future Survey, 2015). Health Promotion and Wellness want to engage students in discussion and education around cannabis in order to empower students with the knowledge to make informed decisions. Contact Health Promotion and Wellness at
firstname.lastname@example.org to join the conversation!
BASICS for Cannabis is provided to any student on an individual basis, and sometimes BASICS is mandated for students who have violated the alcohol and/or drug policies of Code of Student Responsibility. BASICS is also offered to students who may benefit from learning more about their use/misuse. BASICS is an effective, holistic, and evidence-based intervention for helping students reduce risky behaviors and typically involves two one-hour individual sessions. In the sessions, students will learn helpful information related to safety around substance use/misuse, including effects of alcohol or cannabis in the body, drug interaction risks, and harm reduction strategies. While BASICS was originally created to focus on alcohol, HPW offers a similar process that focuses more on cannabis.
Choices for Cannabis is a group session that facilitates discussion around cannabis from a variety of perspectives. Students will engage in conversations around the culture of cannabis use, challenge myths and facts, and learn more about the impact on the body and harm reduction strategies to practice safety.
Similar to alcohol, cannabis may help you fall asleep; however, it can interrupt healthy sleep cycles, causing you to feel (NIDA, 2012):
The potency of cannabis has increased from 4% in 1995 to 12% in 2014 (3x more potent in approximately 20 years) (NIH).
a. Because cannabis is federally illegal, all campuses must comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act that does not allow cannabis, medicinal or recreational, on school property.