Cannabis and E-cigarette Use

About Cannabis and E-Cigarette Use

Cannabis and E-Cigarette use are among some of the more concerning substances used among college populations outside of alcohol use. This is because cannabis is shown to have an impact on the developing brain and general lung health. When consumed as an edible, THC can have increased and more severe effects due to the way our bodies metabolize the drug.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be as addictive, if not more, than traditional cigarettes, and also carry similar and additional health risks to traditional tobacco smoke. 

THC e-cigarettes and vaping products potentially carry increased risks that are still not fully understood but appear to be attributed to those containing vitamin E acetate and illicit products.

Of Note: 

  • Northwestern students report consuming cannabis ~25% more than the national average.
  • The perception of how much students "typically" use cannabis and/or e-cigarettes is grossly disproportionate to actual reported use.  

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Data Source: NCHA II 2019, n=