Women and weed: the gender differences in cannabis use and abuse

Naomi* smokes a couple of bongs in the morning after her two-year-old son has been fed and clothed. Once he is asleep at night, she smokes about 20 more. 

The 29-year-old says she wakes up feeling fresh the next day. She pays her bills, sticks to a routine and never smokes in front of her son.

With cannabis, "everything is that little bit more pleasant," Naomi says. But without it, her body begins to shake and anxiety takes over. "I couldn't ever imagine anything worse than going without marijuana," she says.

Naomi belongs to a growing number of women who smoke weed every day, according to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

The research shows that of the 1.9 million Australians over 14 years old who have used cannabis in the past year, 1.2 million are men. But female smokers are now more likely to use every day. Fourteen per cent of...

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