A new study conducted by Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), and published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, has found that “fun seeking” young adults are more likely to consume cannabis.
For the study researchers examined how much of a “fun seeker” someone is using the Behavioral Activation System scale; under this scale, being a sensation seeker, and being impulsive, ups your “fun seeking” score. The study concludes that those who scored highest on this scale were more likely to consume cannabis as they go through their adulthood.
“Greater fun seeking was found to orientate people towards initiating cannabis use in young adulthood”, concludes the study.
In a finding that spins the “gateway theory” on its head, the study found that alcohol and tobacco consumers are more likely to eventually consume cannabis.
Researchers also conclude that being involved in a religion makes someone less likely to ever initiate cannabis consumption.
The study can be found by clicking here.