March 10, 2012

What Month Of The Year Did You Start Smoking Marijuana?

March 10, 2012
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It’s time to unclog your brains and think back to the first time you consumed marijuana. Do you remember which month it was? I remember the first time I smoked marijuana very well. It was November 1993, I was at a local park hanging out with some of my friends, and one of them had some marijuana. Curiosity got the best of me and I gave it a try, and I have been smoking marijuana ever since. Despite what reefer madness propagandists will try to claim, I did not move on to harder drugs and I have been a productive member of society ever since.

While I was researching information for a previous article, I came across a survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2002. The study listed, by percentage, in what months people consumed marijuana for the first time. Below is a graph of their results:

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Figure 1. Percentages of Initiates among Persons Who Recently Initiated Marijuana Use When They Were Younger Than Age 18, by Month: 2002

According to the survey, “Among recent youth marijuana initiates, initiation was highest during June (11 percent) and July (11 percent) (Figure 1). The percentages of youth marijuana initiates increased to 11 percent per month during June and July, compared with just 8 percent per month during April and May. November (7 percent) and December (6 percent) had the lowest percentages of youth marijuana initiates.”

It would make sense that there is a spike during June and July, but why the falloff in August? August is the hottest part of the summer, and the farthest away from the school year, so I would think it would be just as high. Although, maybe by then people have already smoked for the first time earlier in the summer :) Apparently the fact that I smoked marijuana for the first time in November was slightly unusual.

So TWB readers, what month did you start smoking marijuana? How was the experience? Are you as nostalgic about your first time smoking marijuana as I am ha ha. I look forward to your responses.


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