Up in smoke

New research sheds light on why bisexual women smoke more pot

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Public health researchers have known for a while that bisexual women are much more likely to smoke pot than their straight or gay female peers; one recent study of U.S. college students found that their rates of marijuana use are three times higher. But they’re only now starting to figure out why. One new paper, based on years of interviews with bisexual women in Toronto, argues that bisexual women may resort to weed to cope with the stigma and isolation; many reported feeling excluded from both lesbian and straight communities. “I think that, in some ways, the anxieties that we experience as being sort of a ‘sandwich community’ which isn’t really here and isn’t really there plays into why more of us smoke,” said one woman included in the report.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.


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