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A comparison of drug use and dependence between blunt smokers and other cannabis users.

Abstract

Ethnographic studies have suggested that blunt smokers represent a subculture of cannabis users whose drug use is moderated by social norms. The objective of this study was to compare rates of cannabis dependence/abuse and nicotine dependence between blunt and other cannabis smokers. The sample included adolescents and young adults (n = 4348) who reported some form of past-month cannabis use in the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Compared to smokers who never used blunts, blunt smokers had significantly greater odds of being dependent on cannabis and tobacco. Associations with cannabis dependence/abuse remained statistically significant with adjustment for smoking frequency and demographic characteristics. These findings highlight the need for differentiating types of cannabis users in epidemiologic studies. The study's limitations are noted.

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  • Authors

    Timberlake DS

    Source

    Substance use & misuse 44:3 2009 pg 401-15

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Child
    Female
    Health Surveys
    Humans
    Male
    Marijuana Smoking
    Smoking
    Social Control, Informal
    Tobacco Use Disorder
    United States
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    19212929