College lacrosse players use more marijuana than other student athletes, says NCAA poll

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

If your local college lacrosse team looks a bit glassy-eyed, that could be because they stayed up all night studying for an important exam, or it could be because they just smoked some pot. NCAA researchers found that 46 percent of college men’s lacrosse players admitted to using marijuana in the past year. That’s more than twice as many as reported by athletes in track, basketball, tennis and golf.

College women’s lacrosse players fared slightly better in the survey, just narrowly taking the first-place spot over field hockey players and swimmers.

Or maybe these statistics just mean lacrosse players are more honest than other college athletes. The survey was self-reported, after all.

Marijuana use also differed depending on NCAA division. According to the research, Division III athletes admitted to using more weed than their Division II and Division I peers.

But let’s put this all into perspective: There are worse drugs student athletes could be doing than marijuana, right? Most parents would probably rather their kids inhale a little herb than shoot steroids or engage in any number of other performance-enhancing illegal activities. So, really, this is good news. Or whatever. Pass the Cheetos.


Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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