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

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.

14 thoughts

  1. Sad that this study didn’t bother to consider the gorilla in the room (from the standpoint of Big 2WackGo and Big Alcohol)– namely that users of cannabis are more likely to find out or figure out how to avoid getting hooked on alcohol or tobacco (and that means $$$$).

    But they do note that the cannabis users are four times more informed but the tobacco and alcohol only 2 times more.

  2. No kidding. I’m a non-user, but I’m often assumed to be a user because I am so well-informed on the realities of drugs and the failures of the Drug War policies. Like drug testing, one of the aspects of the Drug War about which people seem to be the most misinformed, or uninformed entirely. I am addressing this aspect in my anti-Drug War blog with a particular anti-drug testing focus. Here’s a list I’ve been putting together to raise awareness of the fact that drug testing, like everything in the failed Drug War, is based on skewed data, outright lies, and the assumption of an ignorant and morally panicked public that “there must be sound scientific proof” that it works or else they wouldn’t do it. And it’s prone to massive abuse, such as screening out people with protected health conditions like pregnancy.

    I plan to produce some handouts that can be printed and left about (like religious tracts) to raise awareness on this issue too. But this list can be printed out and left about as well. I keep about ten or so copies in my purse at all times, so I can help people I talk to about this get informed on the facts.

    Personally, I think drug testing companies should be brought up on charges of fraud for claiming “100% accuracy” for a procedure that has never once passed peer review.

  3. well of course! …our heads are NOT in the sand about it….those that oppose it refuse to see the good in cannabis because, their heads are buried either in the sand or so far up their asses that lack of air is choking them…yet,they refuse to listen……

  4. This comes as no real surprise to find that users are more insightful as to the health benefits than non-users. It would be nice if the powers that be were more inclined to allocate funds towards adequately educating the general population, especially when it pertains to their health.

  5. Let us think,why would any one country turn away such a miracle plant called Marijuana and its family member hemp? whomever it is that gains the most by keeping Marijuana illegal please have mercy on us? Thank you and blessings. Michael lr

  6. Speaking for those in chronic pain or other medical needs met. Marijuana helps get things done a little easier.
    Michael lr

  7. Doesn’t surprise me at all because as we get older, I think we find out many intellectual and successful people smoke and enjoy Cannabis whether medicinal or recreational.

  8. The goverment has been feeding the public probaganda for the last 8 decades about the harmful effects of marijuana. Granted putting smoke in your lungs regardless of what kind is going to have its health risks, dont forget that. North korea has been feeding its public bullshit for years also so dont feel bad america, its not your fault

  9. I was a person who used recreationally when I started. I had a very physical job and as I became older my body started to develop psoriatic arthritis. While I continued to smoke the diesease was kept in check and was managable. I quit smoking because I thought it was time too,that was six years ago now I have severe arthritis take prescribed methadone and hydrocodene for the pain and chemo treatments to turn of my immune system which is the root of my arthritis. No immune system I caught fungal pnemonia and am even sicker now. All because I quit smoking weed. It is a good drug and a great option .

  10. JPH, My Heart breaks for all your pain, something I have found to believe in because of my experience and study in dealing with the Chronic pain I suffer, food glorious food, herbs, essential oils, active muscles, water, all work together to heal and help our bodies. So much nutrition minerals, vitamins in just simple spices and herbs. I Study to show myself more knowledgeable, wiser, and hopefully healthier, and able to go upward and onward.
    Michael lr

  11. Effects of Marijuana
    AD Sense 6:23 PM Marijuana
    From a species of wild plants , cannabis has come into people’s lives . With its characteristic natural cannabis has just recently found guilty again . But to be fair , the charges of marijuana and a man … Something about cannabis In medical marijuana has therapeutic effects , but in fact it has been misused for harmful purposes such health . Cannabis ( cannalis sativa ) , also called the rocky shore . In cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol : THC , has the effect of lowering blood pressure , but especially sedative and addictive stimulus for feeling relaxed , refreshed , excited with the beautiful illusion , illusory . Plastic marijuana drug concentrations 8-10 times herbal cannabis . Essential oils darker colored marijuana and drug concentrations 3-4 times higher cannabis resin . Currently the majority of countries around the world have seen the growing , transporting , trafficking and consumption of marijuana is illegal . CRIMES OF NEED SA Some countries , including the United States are warning about the spread of cannabis among young people . From 1995-2001 , the number of serious complications due to use of cannabis in the treatment of long-term health facility of the United States has increased from 15 706 to 87 180 people , two thirds of them under the age of 20 . Many young for that though marijuana ” coffee ” but the mild drug , always want to be . True that marijuana does not cause as heroin struggle , but also the lack of medicine mouth feeling faint , tingling , hot-tempered … , long accustomed to hard left , not to mention more people gradually find marijuana too light , not enough nerve stimulation should be looking to other drugs , severe ” capital ” to feel more satisfied . As mentioned above , the harm caused by marijuana is THC . The THC of marijuana Thailand is 7 %, Mexico : 8 % ; own marijuana grown in the U.S. is 24 % . Each level increases THC increased the levels of dependence on marijuana user , not to mention THC causes for respiratory complications than 4 times higher than tobacco , giving cancer symptoms and more rapid progression . Two large studies conducted recently in New Zealand and Sweden on the effects of smoking marijuana on mental health . The survey conducted in New Zealand in 1000 , aged 11-26 years old , while in Sweden over 50,000 marijuana users , has made ??recommendations : marijuana habit as mutations of disease progression mental illness in susceptible people , especially schizophrenia status ( of course not everyone had been smoking marijuana and schizophrenia both ) , not to mention smoking marijuana cause for ecstatic states , vulnerable should provoke plenty quarrel in the street due to cannabis use , injuries matted but bloody victims ( or perpetrators ) are still dreaming not feel pain . According to a document in the U.S. , 16 % of accidents serious road traffic are caused by drivers using marijuana as transport controls , if the alcohol combination will increase 4.7 times caused the accident . BENEFITS TO SA A number of studies have demonstrated the effects of marijuana , such as pain , prevent vomiting, stimulation of hunger , as bronchiectasis ( in asthma ) , antispasmodic ( Parkinson’s disease and cirrhosis in the array ) , relaxation circuit ( for glaucoma ) . THC in marijuana is a drug manufactured dronabinol ( brand name : deltanyne , Marinol … ) cause hallucinations , nausea . Nature Medicine magazine ( 3/2000 ) published the study in Spain showed that THC reduces brain tumors in test mice ( effective on 1/3 ) , paving the way for the possibility of cure treatment of human glioma ( the most common form of brain tumor ) . This drug also helps to control spasms and impulse control in cirrhotic rats array . The researchers from Harvard discovered THC in marijuana , not only inhibit tumor growth but also prevent metastasis. Through testing , the scientists found that when given a standard dose of THC into mice implanted cell lung cancer , after 3 weeks of treatment , the tumor had halved compared with the control group . In Spain , 11/ 1999, the Government has decided to allow the study of the therapeutic effects of cannabis . In the U.S. , the federal government has granted a total of 8 special permit allowing 8 patients using marijuana for medical treatment . Currently, 35 states have passed legislation supporting the use of marijuana for medical purposes in … Believe , in Russia , Gennadi Stepanov professor , working at the Agricultural Academy Chivasi after more than 10 years of research have been breeding marijuana seeds without substance , named Diana ( his wife’s name ) . Cannabis plants are valuable economically because it belongs to the fiber plant , often used to make ropes for the marine industry , the cable core to the oil industry , durable paper . The length of the fiber obtained from cannabis varieties reach 15 meters , almost double the old plant , hoping to do good yarn fabrics . He also hopes to use the seeds of radioactive waste , used to treat a number of diseases in medicine . Since there is no substance to the Russian farmers are allowed to plant new varieties of cannabis since 1999 to serve the textile industry .

  12. Marijuana has several potential beneficial effects that eliminate the misconception of people that it use only for illegal purposes.Substance user know all the benefits as compare to non user.

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