How Culture Influences Marijuana Abuse

How Culture Influences Marijuana Abuse

Deciding to use any drug is a personal choice, but there are some ways our culture can influence drug use. With increasing debates in the United States about the benefits of marijuana use and potentially legalizing the substance marijuana is accumulating cultural attention. The following are some interesting facts about the way culture influences marijuana use:

  • More than 18 million Americans have tried marijuana at some time. This may sound like a large number and lead you to believe that almost everyone has tried marijuana. But there are over 310 million people in the United States as of 2011, and pot use may not be as common as believed.
  • More than 20 percent of people who use marijuana end up using other illegal drugs.
  • Marijuana rehab is becoming increasingly popular, as people find themselves becoming dependent on weed to balance emotions, avoid anxiety or handle social situations. Unfortunately, marijuana is a temporary way to self-medicate, and use may lead to other problems down the road.
  • Men are two times more likely to abuse marijuana than women.
  • Over 65 percent of baby boomer parents who used marijuana in the 1960s expect their own children to use marijuana. Those children of baby boomers make up the largest number of addicted individuals today.
  • Persons from every race and cultural background are susceptible to marijuana dependence.
  • People who live in large cities are more likely to use marijuana than people in rural areas. This may be because marijuana is more readily available in urban areas.

These facts about marijuana and culture were found through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia websites.

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