Percentage Of Adults Consuming Cannabis Rising

Approximately one in seven US adults acknowledge having consumed cannabis within the past year, according to data published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

A team of investigators from the University of California and Columbia University in New York assessed cannabis use patterns in a nationally representative sample of 16,280 US adults. Overall, 14.6 percent of respondents said that they had used marijuana within the past 12-months. Respondents were most likely to have consumed cannabis via smoking, and use rates were higher among those residing in jurisdictions where adult use is legally regulated. Over 80 percent of respondents perceived the plant to possess various therapeutic benefits, such as pain relief or relief from stress and depression.

Separate demographic data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence reports that self-reported marijuana use by older Americans is also increasing. New York University researchers analyzed use patterns in a cohort of 17,608 ages 50 and older. Authors reported that an estimated nine percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 consumed cannabis within the past year, while three percent of those ages 65 and older acknowledged doing so.

Prior demographic data published earlier this year similarly reported that cannabis use in increasing among older Americans, many of whom are using it as a substitute for prescription pain medications.

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1 Comment on "Percentage Of Adults Consuming Cannabis Rising"

  1. I would smoke it too if I didn’t get random drug tested at work, thats right I could be tested any time and if marajawana is in my system I get fired, I dont think marajawana would effect the way I do my job anymore than all the Jack Daniels that I drink, I would just have less of a hangover, They need so many worker bee’s and as long as people believe that marajawana effects your work ethic/ability to work, motivation, etc… they will keep drug testing for marajawana, most of the people that are using marajawana are on government assistance, or retired/unemployed, going to college, homeless etc… NOT the working man working men and woman are not the ones using marajawana, maybe not because they wouldint like to, but because they cant, because there job do not allow them to use marajawana

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