We’ve been asked about this one quite a bit over the last year. Is there a benefit to smoking weed and studying? We’ve probably all heard the anecdotal stories people tell but how much truth is there to it, really?

First of all, I should probably stick up a big screaming disclaimer here. If your country/state/private island/whatever doesn’t legally allow you to smoke weed then you shouldn’t be breaking the law regardless of what anyone says about how it works with studying. It’s on you to make sure what you’re doing is legal.

Secondly, there are certainly more effective things you can do to help your studying. I know this isn’t what some of you want to hear if you just want to be told it’s OK to go and smoke weed but if you really want better results with less effort there are absolutely better alternatives. To make the most from your studying don’t focus on the time you invest. Focus on the quality of your study session over the quantity you do. This is one of the key things we focus on and we absolutely think you can get twice the results in half the time. Make sure you grab the free audiobook Unlimited Memory by a chess grandmaster which will absolutely transform your results overnight if you apply the techniques.

As some brief pros to the idea of smoking weed and studying:

  • It can help you brainstorm and think outside of the box.
  • It can help you relax and sleep better.

Now, the sleep argument I can get behind. I’ve spoken before about the importance of good sleep hygiene when it comes to studying. The idea of thinking outside of the box is a rough one, however.

It’s a common argument I see but even if it is the case – with most subjects (and we’re talking about the vast, vast majority here) that really doesn’t help you all that much with studying. And there are plenty of drawbacks like the loss of efficiency and time wasted.

Regardless of where you stand on the effects of marijuana spectrum, whether you believe it’s a gateway drug that introduces people to the harder stuff like meth and heroin, or that’s it’s not only acceptable but necessary to smoke weed every day, there’s no denying that inhaling smoke is harmful to your body. We can get into the debate of what it does or doesn’t do to your brain long-term another time, but for the moment, breathing in the combusted by-products of anything is never a healthy choice. Just stick to coffee when studying, and leave the weed for when you have a day off.

This answer is from a user seems to illustrate the general gist of smoking weed and studying. Everyone has mixed results and there hasn’t been a whole lot of research done so we don’t exactly have a study to give us any real data.

i agree with some answer that stated if the work including creative thinking, such as painting, creating artwork etc, smoking some weed might be useful to enhance your performance, i remembered watching a documentary about some famous painter from france smoke weed while he paint because apparently according to him smoking weed while painting make him less criticize of his own work thus he is more relax.

From my own perspective, i can never study or do revision while being stoned. however, i remember one time i was rushing a 3850 words law essay, i couldn’t link up between some of the paragraph and the conclusion, so instead of finished up the essay which i have to hand it in 2 days afterwards, i was so eager to smoke weed after a whole productive day.. so i smoke a big fat joint. while under the influence, i was chilling, eating some foods, listening to music, then accidentally alt-tab my essay so i just read through it casually. then, BAM ! i added in a few sentences and all the essay suddenly make sense as all my points and conclusion are linked up ! Amazing isn’t it how some substance could really mess with your mind. so, i wouldnt say that smoking weed is a compulsory things to do while studying, but smoking a few to relax doesn’t make any harm.

On the other hand, some of my friend can take a full cap of bong hit before entering the exam hall as they claimed that smoking weed help them to focus and think outside of the box. for me, i don’t know, i think if i smoke a full cap of bong hit before an exam, i’d spent the rest of examination time looking at the ceiling, let my thought rush here and there, thinking about when will the exam end so i could smoke more.. idk. its just my opinion.

This is from this answer on Quora.