The rise of the older stoners!

Mail Online | 6/14/2018 | Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
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It's a stereotype that has existed for years.

But new research has now challenged the myth that cannabis is traditionally a drug for teenage boys wanting to get stoned.

Study - Number - Specialist - Treatment - Weed

A study has found the number of over-40s needing specialist treatment for smoking weed in the past decade has more than doubled.

Scientists suggest this may be because adults are no longer able to get their hands on weak strains of cannabis that they may have smoked as teenagers.

'skunk - ' - Streets - Range - Health

Instead, they have to resort to 'skunk', which has flooded British streets and is heavily linked to a range of mental health issues and dependency.

The study also showed a 95 per cent increase in the amount of women, of all ages, seeking help for cannabis-related issues - compared to 72 per cent for men.

York - University - Scientists - Issues - Dependency

York University scientists searched for cannabis-related issues, such as dependency, from drug treatment centre records to make the conclusion.

Ian Hamilton, lead researcher, pointed out it is currently unknown what is behind the surge of cannabis-related issues in the over-40s.

Strain - Cannabis - Market - Britain

However, he suggested that it could be down to skunk - an extremely potent strain of cannabis that has dominated the illegal market in Britain.

An array of damning evidence has emerged in recent years that has linked skunk to psychosis and other mental health conditions.

Mr - Hamilton - Baby-boomers - Weed - Strains

Mr Hamilton said baby-boomers would have been used to weaker weed strains, if they experimented with drugs when they...
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