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There are more and more stoners in Switzerland

cannabis consumption in Switzerland. According to will have bills of Zurich and Basel researchers 2045, almost every second Swiss ever smoked. Also, the number of active users is on the rise.

Researchers from the universities of Basel and Zurich have studied the use of cannabis in Switzerland will develop in the future. The study is based on data from a representative survey, with 56'000 Participants were, how the University of Zurich announced on Thursday. From their results, the scientists in the journal "International Journal of Drug Policy reports".

The revealed, that in the year 2045, an estimated 42 per cent of the Swiss ever smoked. Provided that the law on cannabis cultivation, trade and consumption remains as it is today. 2015, this proportion was 28 percent.

More active Stoner

In the same period is expected to rise, according to the study, the proportion of active consumers of 2.7 percent to 3.4 percent. "In the face of population development, the number of active Users increases from approximately 203'000 314'000 people," said Carlos Nordt of the Psychiatric University hospital of Zurich according to the message.

The researchers say that more and more people Cannabis be to buy on the black market. The content of THC, the psychoactive substance in Cannabis, increases in the black-the-counter drugs for many years, wrote the University of Zurich. Accordingly, the risk of damage to Health, for example, psychosis increases. Parallel to the increased use of cannabis, therefore, also psychological a result could increase diseases, fears Nordt.

New regulation needed

New regulations could remedy the situation, to control, for example, the THC content. The scientists call for more research on the regulation of cannabis use, in order to test the best preventive measures against health problems. To leave the use of this drug continues to be the uncontrolled development of a black market, there can be no solution, so Nordt.

Background of the study is the current debate on a new legal regulation to smoke Weed in Switzerland. The forecast of the development of cannabis use remain the same, the law is intended to support, according to the University of Zurich in a factual debate. (aru/sda)

Created: 25.04.2019, 15:20 PM

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