According to the results of the 2018 Global Drug Survey, which were released this week, marijuana users are reporting high rates of dependence.
The survey has compiled responses from over 130,000 people across the world in 40 countries in the last year.
The study’s author has said that legislation advocates and the weed industry can support necessary reforms while being honest about the risks of marijuana use.
The survey has shown that a large percentage of marijuana users around the world report signs of dependence.
Around 50,000 of the survey respondents reported that they have used marijuana in the last 12 months. Out of the all cannabis uers, 20.2% had showed substantial signs of dependence.
Adam Winstock, a British addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey said to the Huffington Post, “You’ve got 20 percent of the people who are significantly worried about the impact of their use on their life,” said Winstock. “It’s a measure of subjective worry and concern, but those questions tap into things like how much you use, how often, your sense of control and your desire to stop.”