Sat Jul 7, 2012, 12:47 AM
alp227 (20,428 posts)
Palau: Is it the world's cannabis capital?
A small group of Pacific islands with the population of a small town has been named as the country with the highest consumption of beer and cannabis. Is that really true?
The United Nations' 2012 World Drugs Report, published in June, contains at least one surprising number - the nation with the highest level of cannabis use among adults is Palau.
This tiny island nation in the western Pacific Ocean is home to just 21,000 people, where - according to the UN - a quarter of adults use cannabis.
Not only are Palauans ahead of everyone else on this measure, they're ahead by a long way. The country with the next highest rate of cannabis use is Italy, where - the report says - some 15% of adults use the drug.
If the idea that Palau is some sort of hedonist's retreat sounds familiar, that may be because the island topped a 2011 World Health Organisation chart examining another vice.
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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 02:49 PM
mainer (6,648 posts)
2. Gorgeous place. But boy, do they eat a lot of Spam.
Not much soda or wine consumption, from what I remember. They drink this really gross native soporific drink that's a mixture of a root plus saliva, and they pass it around.
The entertainment there was from the natural world -- fishing, swimming, diving. It truly is an island paradise, but many westerners would go bonkers after a few weeks.