The number of Costa Ricans who use marijuana tripled in just four years. While in 2006 used the substance for 0.6% of the population, four years later did the 2%, said the National Household Survey on Drug Use, 2010.
The first results of that study made public yesterday by the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA).
To do this research interviewed 3,000 people between 12 and 70 years old, said Ernesto Cortes, IAFA anthropologist.
Another important data is that 3% of men tried marijuana, while women did 0.9%.
“Consumption in 2010 was grouped mostly among people aged 12 to 35 years old but in men is between 20 and 30 years and women between 12 and 20 years, said Cortes.
IAFA investigator warned that there is a close link between marijuana and youth.
One example is that people have their first contact with the drug at 16 years of age.
Margarita Odio IAFA psychologist, believes this is because young people see cannabis as a drug of low risk.
“Some people do not think that can cause effects on the body and ignore the consequences of their consumption. Marijuana is a drug with psychoactive effects, “said Odio.
At the same time, Margarita lamented that in the country there is greater availability, accessibility and variety of the drug, which helps people acquire it.
Many young people who try cannabis use it to socialize, as with other drugs such as alcohol and snuff.
Ernesto Cortes warned that when consuming this type of drug at an early age is very risky because it can lead to greater dependency.
Can also change the behavior of young people, if they affect certain brain structures.
Marijuana users are exposed also to suffer respiratory problems, mental disorders and poor academic performance.