According to the study, cannabis use is more prevalent in the summer, with 69% of British people surveyed claiming to have taken the drug.
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Cannabis use has increased significantly over the past year (44%), and ketamine use has also grown by 53%.
Martin Preston of Delamere says: “As ketamine is renowned for offering a numbing effect, as well as one that allows the user to feel ‘detached’, it could be said that more people have turned to it since the pandemic due to the trauma that time period caused for many Brits.
“These people could have suffered a loss at the hands of the coronavirus. They could have also experienced a decline in their mental health, which is why the prospect of feeling almost nothing could seem very appealing.”
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The study also found that the pandemic has had an effect on drug use, with more people taking recreational drugs in the post-lockdown era.
It also found that 66% of people in the UK generally drink more when they’re on holiday. Preston says: “Holidays have always been seen as a free pass to over-consume as much as possible, with the mindset that normality would resume when the vacation was over.
“However, this could always be easier said than done, as a recent article highlighted that all-inclusive holidays were ‘on the rise’ since the end of the pandemic – suggesting that more people than ever are keen to take advantage of the excessive amount of booze on offer.”
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Read the full set of findings from Delamere here.
Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter