Marijuana Protective Strategies

Prince | Collins

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug by young adults in the U.S. (e.g., 22.0 percent, 2014). This mixed-method pilot study focused on young-adult (18 to 30 years) marijuana users. Researchers collected qualitative (i.e., focus group) and quantitative (i.e., survey) data about strategies that might be used to reduce marijuana use and/or the risk of marijuana-related consequences, and collected data about the perceived effectiveness of, social norms surrounding, and acceptability of using, marijuana protective strategies. Finally, they examined the links among marijuana protective strategy use, marijuana use and related consequences. The data collected from this research will be used to increase the current limited knowledge about marijuana protective strategies and will contribute to further studies on such strategies, marijuana use and related consequences.

The Principal Investigator was Mark A. Prince, PhD, RIA postdoctoral associate. Lorraine Collins, PhD, from UB’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior served as co-investigator and mentor. This study was funded by RIA's Howard T. Blane Director’s Award for Development of Innovative Research in the Addictions (BDAA), 2016-17.