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      Cannabis Normalization Among Young Adults in a Nigerian City

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      Journal of Drug Issues
      SAGE Publications

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          Abstract

          Drug normalization has been researched extensively in the West. Yet, we know little about how drug use is normalized in non-Western contexts. Drawing on interviews with young adults, this study is the first to explore illicit drug normalization in Nigeria. Cannabis was widely available and easy to access and students were part of the supply chain. Citing therapeutic and functional benefits, participants normalized cannabis consumption, using it to prepare soup, noodles, and birthday cakes. Unlike women, who may give up cannabis use due to stigmatization and marriage, men had no plans to stop its use. Gender determined drug-taking practices and social accommodation of drug users, suggesting differentiated normalization. Men who used cannabis were accommodated by their peers, unlike women, who were stigmatized by female non-users. In general, the findings highlight a shift in illicit drug use practices and noticeable gendered and differentiated social accommodation among peers, although cultural acceptance of illegal recreational drugs remains at the margin.

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                Journal
                Journal of Drug Issues
                Journal of Drug Issues
                SAGE Publications
                0022-0426
                1945-1369
                July 2020
                April 02 2020
                July 2020
                : 50
                : 3
                : 286-302
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Institute for Therapy and Health Research, Kiel, Germany
                [2 ]Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
                [3 ]Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK
                Article
                10.1177/0022042620912805
                1d82d20e-e822-4de1-8b78-bf3c120bd468
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