Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, with a reported one-third of all Australians aged 22 or older (33.5%, about 5.8 million) having tried cannabis and 1 million using it in the past year. It is estimated that 300,100 Australians use cannabis every week, and approximately 210,500 smoke it on a daily basis.
Australia has one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world, and Australia’s indigenous population has higher levels of cannabis use.
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The first record of common marijuana seeds brought to Australia was with the First Fleet at the request of Sir Joseph Banks, who marked the cargo “for commerce” in the hope that cannabis would be produced commercially in the new colony. For 150 years early governments in Australia actively supported the growing of “hemp” with gifts of land and other grants,and the consumption of cannabis in Australia in the 19th century was to be widespread.
In Australia, marijuana is commonly smoked as a cluster (or “cone”) of the flowering heads or leaves of the female plant. Less commonly, the plant resin is smoked; this is known as hash or hash oil. Typically, cannabis is smoked using a bong or joint and is often mixed with tobacco, or “spun”. Occasionally, cannabis is eaten or brewed as tea