Religious Involvement and Marijuana Use for Medical and Recreational Purposes

Amy M. Burdette, Noah S. Webb, Terrence Hill, Stacy Hoskins Haynes, Jason A. Ford

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this article, we use data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to examine the association between religious involvement and marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes in U.S. adults (N = 41,517). We also consider whether the association between religious involvement and marijuana use varies according to personal health status. Our results show that adults who attend religious services more frequently and hold more salient religious beliefs tend to exhibit lower rates of medical and recreational marijuana use. We also find that these “protective effects” are less pronounced for adults in poor health. Although our findings confirm previous studies of recreational marijuana use, we are the first to examine the association between religious involvement and medical marijuana use. Our moderation analyses suggest that the morality and social control functions of religious involvement may be offset under the conditions of poor health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-434
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • medical marijuana
  • poor health
  • religion
  • religious service attendance
  • substance use
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this