Weed is often considered as harmful and unwanted, and in one context, means “a plant in the wrong place”. But university students in Kenya love weed a lot despite the widespread notion that it is an undesirable substance. In fact, a lot of them can’t function effectively without smoking the grass. Though at a much younger age, children are often told some crazy stories about weed by their parents, especially of the horrible side effects of Marijuana. Most prominent among these include running mad and hitting the streets naked in search of dirt.
However, most kids grow up to defy the “marijuana rules” given to them by their parents, especially when they get into tertiary institutions. They make up their minds to taste the grass and face the dire consequences, to the extent that if scientists were to examine the contents of air in Kenyan universities, they would discover that the percentage of weed smoke was a lot more than oxygen. And guess what? As luck would have it, most of the people who failed to keep these rules didn’t run mad after all. Yes, most of them still haven’t experienced any bad thing. Absolutely nothing bad has come their way as a result of their smoking marijuana. Indeed, hundreds of campus students who depend on marijuana are yet to see the horror part of weed which their parents warned them about earlier. Perhaps they are waiting in a line to stomp the streets naked and crazy! Anyway, the big question remains: Why are university students so dependent on weed?
Here Are Reasons Why Campus Students Can’t Do Without Smoking Weed:
Most campus students smoke Marijuana as a form of rebellion against constituted authorities. Moreover, the fact that parents, lecturers or other figures in authority are against this act, makes it even more appealing. Some of them even go beyond marijuana to use other harmful and illegal drugs. These campus students pride themselves in smoking weed, after all, they are not likely to get caught for it. Also, most of them think weed makes them tough and hardened before other students and so, they indulge in smoking it so people will be afraid of them.
Since the opportunity to smoke marijuana presents itself mostly during the campus days, more and more university students in Kenya seize the period to try out weed. So many campus students want to know what it is about weed that it makes all the fuss in the world. They want to know what weed is really made of and what taking it can to do them. Since the campus students are on the cusp of childhood and adulthood and are trying to adapt to the challenges that the latter brings, using marijuana is one way of embracing growth. At this time, they get involved in testing boundaries; exploring their identities and trying to assert themselves in the midst of a variety of changes coming their way. It is a time of raging hormones and other changes which can be confusing and difficult to deal with.
3. To Relieve Stress
Campus students in Kenya also take marijuana to relieve themselves of stress, anxiety, fear, pain or anger related to personal, psychological or family issues. Of course we do know how school environment can exude stress, anxiety and the likes. Take for instance when a student has only 20 bob in his pocket and has to study for an Econometrics exam scheduled for the next morning or when one is in a good relationship and suddenly gets dumped. Many students therefore use weed as a means of coping with certain pressures in their campus lives which usually come from exams, relationships, financial difficulty, and so on. They also use it in relieving boredom, frustration, and as a means of escapism.
4. The Myths
The false widely held beliefs about marijuana which have been there for decades have led so many people into taking weed. Beliefs like: you will be able to study for longer periods if you puff a stick or more weed wraps; it helps people to grasp at once what they are being taught in school; it will help people get over lectures that are being dished out by some boring lecturers and things like that.
Others say it will give you immense courage to talk to any woman you meet. They even go as far as believing that it makes people last longer in bed if they smoke just a little of it. Some even say that once taken, it activates your energy and makes you gain strength from above while some others say it puts money into your pocket because it invites the spirit of hustle once taken. All these beliefs rolled into one make the use of weed seem so attractive in Kenyan campuses.
5. Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is another great cause of increase in the intake of marijuana among Kenyan campus students. It is the top reason why many within the campus environment take weed. The introduction process mostly starts during house parties. When freshmen attend their first parties as campus students, chances are that some of them agree to inhale at least a puff. Campus students try out drugs just to fit in with their peer groups as it is seen as being cool and daring.
Being cool is putting on the right outfit, wearing awesome and daring hairstyles and loving all the latest and trending songs of the moment. These are some of the things involved in joining any group, but they can also include indulging in dangerous and unacceptable things. Take for instance, if a particular group is known for smoking weed and you join the group, you are not left with so much options than to be part of the weed puffing. This is in fact, one major reason why many have seen themselves smoking weed. When once they try it out, and continue to take, they end up becoming addicted to it.
Besides that, peers always have this strong desire to belong and not stand out from the rest of the crowd in this stage of life.
6. Ease of Access
The ease with which campus students can get their weed fixed is another top reason why many of them are becoming addicted to it. There are weed sellers everywhere within the school campuses, even mini-cartels. All you are required to do is just to give a hint and they’ll come get you some since the stuff can’t be sold out in the open. Secondly, it does not cost much to have it fixed. Yea, even for as small as 20 bob, one gets one’s weed fixed. The availability of weed has played a prominent role in making it popular among campus students.