New research from the University of Reykjavík shows that marijuana use among males aged 16 to 19 in Iceland is greater than in any other Nordic country.
Vísir reports on the results of the university findings, conducted by the research department. According to their data, one third of Icelandic males over the age of 18 have tried marijuana three times or more.
Jón Sigfússon, who heads the research department, said that the results show that preventative campaigns against drug use have been working, as alcohol use among young people has actually declined since 1998.
However, the use of marijuana and hashish has increased between the years, data from 2009 shows. Jón believes there is a link between cigarette smoking and marijuana, as all but a very few of those who have used marijuana were also tobacco smokers.
Marijuana also seems to be more popular than hashish in Iceland. Among males aged 16 to 19, 22.6% said they have tried marijuana, putting Iceland in the top spot among Nordic countries; the Faroe Islands trails in second place, at 14.7%. The data also indicates that only in Iceland and Finnland is marijuana more popular than hashish, as opposed to the reverse.