Adolescents Discuss Marijuana Use on Twitter

Posted by | Alcohol and Drug Use | July 15, 2015

Researchers addressed and assessed the prevalence of marijuana-related content on the social media outlet, Twitter, publishing a paper entitled “Prevalence of Marijuana-Related Traffic on Twitter, 2012-2013: A Content Analysis.” The authors conducted two separate studies: one before and one after the legalization of marijuana use in two states. Focusing on posts made by adolescents, they found that over 65% of marijuana-related tweets indicated a positive attitude, often citing the social and medical benefits of the drug. Nearly 43% of the teens’ tweets also indicated personal use of marijuana.

The authors explain that social media networks – Twitter being one such example – could be important sources for providing information to adolescents about the benefits as well as potential harms of various drugs.

Click here to read the full article from Medical News Today.

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