A man lights up a marijuana joint at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Marijuana legalization advocates lit up across the country during the annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from “420” – insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
It’s a lot of money to spend on weed.
The University of Cincinnati just got $700,000 to study “blunts.”
LaTrice Montgomery, a UC assistant professor and lead researcher on the project, will be looking into not only the use of “blunts,” hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana, for African-American young adults but also strategies for social media intervention, specifically on Twitter.
“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,” Montgomery said, according to Cincinnati.com.
She added, “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.”
“A Twitter-based intervention may provide an accessible and effective way to reduce blunt smoking and thereby decrease morbidity and mortality rates associated with marijuana and tobacco co-use,” Montgomery said.
The culture of the blunt
Montgomey noted that while studies have shown that young African-Americans are more likely to use blunts, not much research has gone into its effects. Specifically, examining the results of mixing of tobacco and marijuana where both THC and nicotine are combined, posing a higher risk to smokers.
She also wants to look at cultural factors that might influence the higher rates of use among African-American youth.