This study delves into the demographics, behaviors, and social dynamics of members of Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) in Barcelona from 2017 to 2020. Analyzing data from 2007 members across five CSCs, it reveals that most members are young men, with an average age of 36.1 years, and shows gender differences in cannabis procurement patterns. The study also highlights the longer membership duration among women, older adults, and medical users, despite their lower cannabis use compared to young, recreational male members.
Key findings include the average daily cannabis use of 0.44 grams, with men procuring more than women, and members visiting CSCs approximately once a week. The average membership duration was around 1 year and 10 months, with longer memberships observed among men, older members, and residents living near the CSCs. Importantly, the study underscores the role of CSCs as social spaces beyond mere cannabis procurement, noting that they foster community building and harm reduction.
The study concludes that CSCs in Barcelona serve as more than just cannabis supply points; they are crucial for community care and socializing. Despite the unstable legal status of CSCs in Spain, which poses challenges for their operation, the research highlights their potential in harm reduction and community well-being. This comprehensive analysis contributes significantly to understanding the CSC model, especially in terms of its social dimension.