The University of Cincinnati, a public research university, is the second largest college in Ohio. Kate Murphy
Snoop and Biggie deserve some of the credit – or blame – here.
The inexpensive cigars hollowed out and filled with marijuana that the rap stars helped make popular in classic rap songs and music videos are now the subject of a serious research study.
The University of Cincinnati this week announced it has received a federal grant for more than $700,000 to study the “blunt” smoking habits of African-American young adults. The university will also test Twitter-based intervention strategies.
“Given that social media is already fully integrated into the lives of many young adults, my research will focus on the development and evaluation of a private online Twitter group to support African-American young adults who are interested in reducing heavy blunt use,” said LaTrice Montgomery, a UC assistant professor and lead researcher on the project. “It is important to develop innovative and cost-effective interventions for young adults who might be reluctant to enter or remain engaged in traditional substance abuse treatments.”
Studies have shown higher rates of blunt use among young African-American men and women, according to Montgomery, but there is little data available on the dual use of tobacco and marijuana.
The paper used for wrapping cigars is made from tobacco, so blunt smokers inhale the nicotine from the tobacco as well as the THC from the marijuana in a blunt.
Montgomery, an assistant professor in the Addiction Sciences Division of UC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, said her research will begin with individual interviews “to gain a stronger understanding of cultural norms and patterns of blunt use.”
Then she will develop a small-scale