Women 'nearly twice as likely to see regular cannabis use as risky'

earchers at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University have identified nonwhite, low-income women aged over 50 as most likely to perceive regularly using cannabis as a risky activity, with women nearly twice as likely to perceive a risk compared with men.

Public perceptions of cannabis use appear to be changing as more and more states move to legalize the use of the drug for medical purposes.

Results from the study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, were obtained through analysis of data from the 2002-12 survey years of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

"The sex differences in perceived risk of regular cannabis use observed in our study are consistent with reports from others showing male-female differences in perceived risk of substance use in general," says senior author Dr. Silvia Martins.

"In addition, interestingly, individuals with a high school education or greater were significantly less likely to perceive great...

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