Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Who Consumes More Weed, LGBTQ Or Straights

Alcohol, weed, tobacco – the “vices” appeals to most – but who uses more?

Weed, alcohol, tobacco, all the vices in indulged in by people.  Tall, short, black, white, left or right handed – it has a mass appeal.  But sometimes certain groups are attracted to a vice more. Generally, men (16.7%) tend to use all tobacco products at higher rates than women (13.6%).  We know men are more likely to use weed over women. But who consumes more weed, LGBTQ or straights?

While most cannabis studies that look into the consumption habits of people rely on self-reporting and aren’t held within a controlled setting, different studies suggest that LGBTQ people have a more positive attitude towards the drug. A study, published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, found that gay men smoked approximately four times more than straight men. Lesbian women smoked six times more than heterosexual women.

These findings are also replicated in younger demographics, with teens that belong to the LGBTQ community being more likely to consume cannabis, while also being more inclined to consume other substances, such as alcohol and nicotine. Young LGBTQ members face more stressors than their straight counterparts, resulting in higher rates of suicide, bullying, and more.

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Do LGBT People Smoke More Cannabis Than Straight People?
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There are many reasons why these results could be occurring, but experts believe it has something to do with the fact that people belonging to the queer community are more likely to suffer from anxiety and other mental health disorders.

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Maybe members of the queer community find refuge in cannabis, using it as a source of relief. It’s more likely for them to encounter the drug earlier on, and to be less prejudiced than others. There’s also the fact that gay people have kids later in life compared to their straight counterparts, giving them more time to explore and use the drug.

More research is necessary to draw significant conclusions, but it’s interesting to wonder why the LGBTQ community seems to have such an affinity for the herb.

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