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Insiders? the Experiences and Perspectives of Long-Term, Regular Cannabis Users

Chatwin, Caroline, Porteous, D. (2013) Insiders? the Experiences and Perspectives of Long-Term, Regular Cannabis Users. Contemporary Drug Problems, 40 (2). pp. 235-257. ISSN 0091-4509. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Much research on the use of illicit drugs begins with questions about lifetime use, intended to estimate the number of people who have ever used drugs (i.e., once or more) in their lifetime. By contrast the research described in this article describes the experience and perspective of "insiders" (as opposed to the "outsiders" of Becker's (1963) famous study): people who have used a class ? drug, cannabis, throughout their lifetime. Interviews were thus conducted with cannabis users who were over 35 years of age, had been using cannabis for at least 15 years, and who continued to use on at least a weekly basis. In total, 23 interviews were conducted: 13 of these were face-to-face interviews and a further 10 came from a modest utilization of Internet research methods. Findings suggest that the lifelong, regular users of cannabis that we interviewed did not follow traditional narratives of addiction, but instead participated in responsible and controlled consumption. Furthermore, the perceived health benefits of using cannabis were as important motivations for use as the pursuit of pleasure, and the most damaging aspects of use appeared to stem from the criminality of cannabis rather than any inherent properties of the drug itself.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Cannabis, addiction narratives, normalization, social control.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 10:15 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37485 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chatwin, Caroline: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7124-2264
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