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Marijuana Consumers More Knowledgeable About The Plant’s Health Effects Than Non-Users


prison swiss smoking inmates marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

People who consume cannabis are more likely to be knowledgeable about the substance’s health effects than are those who abstain from it, according to survey data reported online in the International Journal of Public Health Policy.

Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland assessed the health literacy of some 12,000 male subjects. Investigators reported that those subjects who consumed cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco “searched for information about substances significantly more often via the Internet than abstainers.” These subjects also “reported better knowledge of risks associated with substance use and a marginally better ability to understand health information than abstainers,” the authors found.

In particular, subjects who reported consuming cannabis weekly were four times more likely to search for health-related information as compared those who abstained, the study found.

Researchers concluded, “Substance users appear to be more informed and knowledgeable about the risks of substance use than non-users.”

Read the abstract of the study, “Health literacy and substance use in young Swiss men,” here.

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  1. WOW… No wonder we have so much trouble making it legal…… They waste time and money on the most obvious things..

  2. Cheryl Sparks on

    @Trollll, are you kidding me? Please tell me you were drunk when you wrote this. That would be the only thing that makes sense out of your whole comment. People get sick because it’s their fault? Children with cancer did it to themselves? Really? You know it’s an insult to your parents to publicly show how stupid you are. And the laws were made to protect the people-sick, healthy, whichever-and THAT is why we ammend laws…..to better serve the PEOPLE. So, you would’ve been pro-alcohol prohibition for alcohol too? Or are you just pro-anything that you are fed by the government. Instead of Trollll, you need to change your user name to Sheeple.

  3. Thisis Insane on

    It’s for the ‘know-nothings’ who perpetuate the lies and maintain the dumb laws we have. Even though they probably still don’t get it.

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