In recent years, Spain has witnessed a significant change in young people’s perception of cannabis. Research shows that over 70% of young Spaniards believe that regular use of cannabis is less harmful than the consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
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Perception of cannabis among Spanish youth
Results of research conducted by the Fad Juventud Foundation and the Center. Queen Sofía shed light on young people’s attitudes towards cannabis. The majority of respondents aged 18-34 indicated that regularly smoking cannabis was less harmful than drinking alcohol, and 74% considered it less harmful than tobacco.
Between 2016 and 2022, there was a significant change in the perception of cannabis in Spain. According to Eulalia Alemany’s Fad Juventud Foundation, public knowledge about cannabis, considered a psychoactive and addictive substance, has been distorted. The number of people with a positive opinion about cannabis increased from 17.5% to 28.4% between 2016 and 2022.
According to Eulalia Alemany from the Fad Juventud Foundation, the belief that cannabis is a natural substance that is less harmful to health than alcohol or tobacco has become widespread. However, the latest report of the Ministry of Health, the Spanish Observer on Drugs and Addiction, contradicts this, pointing to cannabis as the cause of most cases of addiction and acute psychiatric problems among teenagers.
The increasing “acquaintance” of young people with the regular use of cannabis in Spain goes hand in hand with the increase in the consumption of low-quality this psychoactive substance. As “El Mundo“ notes, Spanish youth are consuming more and more cannabis, which is increasingly contaminated. However, adults in some regions of Spain have access to cannabis clubs where hemp is grown with the utmost care.
Conclusions and future prospects
An analysis of changing attitudes towards cannabis in Spain reveals the complexity of the topic. On the one hand, young people consider cannabis less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, which may indicate the need for education and a more open discussion about psychoactive substances.
On the other hand, the increase in the consumption of low-quality cannabis and the health problems associated with it demonstrate the need for further research and youth-focused health policies.
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