Marihuana y nuevas sustancias psicoactivas: Un reto para la salud pública

Translated title of the contribution: Marijuana and New Psychoactive Substances: A Public Health Challenge

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Psychoactive substances have been present in many important aspects of life and society and have been used for various purposes, such as relieving pain, fleeing from tension, integrating into a group, showing status or getting closer to the gods, curing illnesses, altering moods, isolating oneself from the world around one, recreation, seeking excitement or tranquility (Molina, 2008). Taking into account the above, this study proposes the following objective: to characterize the consumption of psychoactive substances in a sample of young Colombian university students. The study is of a descriptive type with a cross-sectional design, systematic sampling; the participants selected from
the lists of codes by Faculty, after the selection, the link where they found the instrument designed in the Qualtrics platform was sent to the institutional emails. The sample of 904 students from a private university in Colombia. With respect to the data from this study, in conjunction with the information from the III Andean Epidemiological Study on Drug Use in the University Population, cocaine use among university students has not shown any major variations (OAS, 2015; 2016). However, if the increase in marijuana consumption is evident, despite the fact that it is a plant that has accompanied man for centuries and its initial use was for naval or medicinal purposes, the discovery of its psychotropic properties made it more attractive, marking milestones in history (Luengo-Aravena, 2015; Rodríguez, 2012). However, consumption occurred in adult slaves, and today consumption is occurring at a younger age. According to the OAS (2016) countries with low risk perception and high availability of a drug, consumption rates tend to increase. In the case of Andean university students, the two countries with the greatest availability of marijuana (easy access and high supply), in this case Colombia and Ecuador, are where consumption is highest.
Translated title of the contributionMarijuana and New Psychoactive Substances: A Public Health Challenge
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
Title of host publicationRe Inventando la Investigación en Salud y Educación para una Salud Transcultural
EditorsRachida Dalouh, Antonio José González Jiménez, Pilar Ayala Almécija
Place of PublicationEspaña
PublisherUniversidad de Almeria
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-17261-73-3
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2019
EventPoliconsumo de sustancias psicoactivas y conductas de riesgo en jóvenes universitarios: 37 Congreso Interamericano de psicología - Palacio de Convenciones de la Habana, La Habana, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jul 201919 Jul 2019


ExhibitionPoliconsumo de sustancias psicoactivas y conductas de riesgo en jóvenes universitarios
CityLa Habana


  • Marijuana
  • psychoactive substances
  • public health
  • young people


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