A study has recently been conducted on the risks of pot and the characteristics that are associated with common perceptions. The results showed that non-white women who had a low income and were over the age of 50 saw the most risk when using the drug, and those aged 12-25 with a family income of over $75,000 and at least a high school diploma felt least at risk. This data was taken from 614,579 individuals who chose to take part in a survey, which spanned over 10 years. Starting in 2002 and ending in 2012, the results show that the 2002 participants were more likely to associate risk with cannabis when compared to participants in 2008 onwards. In fact, in 2002 over 51% of people believed that there was a huge risk involved with marijuana and this figure dropped to 40% in 2012.

The study involved a range of different variables for individuals, and interestingly showed that females were almost twice as likely as males to see marijuana as a risk, but this number has since decreased from 59% in 2002 to 47% in 2012. Users who have smoked cannabis in the past year were also less likely to see the substance as a risk, with only 4% of users remaining cautious.

Even though regular cannabis use is often associated with financial difficulties, loss of sleep and even memory loss, many individuals who are receiving treatment for cannabis association have reported trouble quitting and withdrawal symptoms for a period of time after relieving themselves from the substance. The study also showed that people residing in a state that has legalized medicinal cannabis are much more likely to smoke cannabis when compared to a state where it is still illegal.

It would appear the old adage still rings true, “women are more likely than men to see marijuana as a risk.” The second part of that being ,“yet still find men to be riskiest of all.”

Natalie