Bisexual women are seven times more likely to consume cannabis on a daily basis than straight women, a new study shows.
The study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found 10 percent of bisexual women use cannabis daily, compared with six percent of lesbians, and 1.5 percent of straight women, the Independent reported. The researchers say the higher use in gay and bisexual women could be due to the stress of being a sexual minority.
“This is part of a larger health burden, as bisexual women are twice as likely to have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders yet often have little contact with service providers,” Morgan Philbin, one of the study’s authors said, according to the Independent.
Researchers also say the study shows the need for more resources for sexual minority women.