The annual World Drug Report from the UN is out, and it provides information regarding cannabis that was most anticipated. The regular use of cannabis has expanded dramatically since its non-medical usage became permitted.
Lockdowns at Covid had a similar impact; without anything else to do, people started using cannabis for recreational purposes. The substance has long been the most commonly used narcotic around the globe, and according to the report, it is also getting “stronger.” The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the cannabis sold on the market is rising, according to new reports. Reuters. Cannabis legalization “appears to have hastened the higher trends in reported daily usage of the drug,” according to a UNODC research from Vienna.
Several states in the US and other countries have recently made cannabis use for recreational purposes legal. Colorado and Washington, two US states, set the trend in motion in 2012. In 2013, Uruguay legalized it after the US, and Canada followed in 2018. Even though several more nations have made this move, the UN report solely highlighted these three nations.
However, the prevalence of cannabis use among minors “has not changed considerably,” the research found. There had been “a pronounced increase in the reported regular use of high-potency products among young adults.”
However, the number of persons who use cannabis regularly and suffer from psychological disorders and commit suicide has gone up.
The study found that 284 million people, or 5.6% of the world’s population, had used a narcotic like heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, or ecstasy as of the most current data available in 2020. Of these, 209 million smoked marijuana.
The paper asserted that increases “in cannabis use… in 2020” were brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic’s “lockdown” periods.