New Research Finds Stronger Link between Music and Marijuana Use among Teens

According to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study in the journal Addiction, teens who frequently listen to music that contain references to marijuana are more likely to use the drug than their counterparts with less exposure to such lyrics.

Brian Primack, M.D.,Ed.M., M.S., lead author of the study, stated “Based on an analysis of survey data from 959 ninth-graders, we found that students who listen to music with the most references to marijuana are almost twice as likely to have used the drug than their peers whose musical tastes favor songs less focused on substance use, even after controlling for confounding factors. This suggests that there is a real link between the marijuana lyrics and marijuana use.”

To accurately estimate marijuana exposure in music, researchers used an improved process to calculate the exposure, which incorporated student report of music exposure and favorite artists as well as intensive content analysis of the top 794 songs from 2005, 2006 and 2007 based on Billboard Magazine’s year-end charts.

Click here to learn more and view the research findings.


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