As other states join in legalizing marijuana post-pandemic, teenagers’ use of cannabis has remained stable through 2022. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow had earlier deduced that the drop in teenage substance abuse was because of the COVID social restrictions. There was an expectation of an upsurge in substance use post-pandemic, but that was not the case. The previous month/daily marijuana intake among the senior high school kids was unchanged.
“Use of cannabis, among the senior high schoolers, has remained a plateau,” an officer from NIDA said. It is also reported that cannabis vaping among 8th graders was at 6%, 15% among 10th graders and 20.6% among 12th graders by 2021, signifying a neutral prepandemic trend. Post-pandemic (2022) usage was slightly higher than prepandemic usage among the 10th graders.
NIDA has been analyzing drug use among youth for almost 50 years. The organization notes that in order to understand trends in substance use among young people, there is a need to use timely and excellent tools, even during historic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaping, alcohol and other substance use has been stable across the teen ages though alcohol and opioid use levels among 12th graders reverted to prepandemic-era levels. MFT findings show in 2021 there was a slight increase in cannabis use. Marijuana vaping tweaked higher among 12th graders between 2021–2022. The consistency has debunked the myth that legalizing marijuana would heighten underage substance use.
The Institute of Social Research at Michigan University conducts an annual teen vaping survey for NIDA. The survey, however, largely avoids marijuana vaping topics. In November, NIDA-funded research discovered that state-level legalization of cannabis does not correlate with increased youth consumption. Adolescents who were exposed to legalization were likely or not likely to use cannabis at 15 years in comparison with those who didn’t grow up under the legalization of cannabis. In another study, retail sales of cannabis coincide with the increased onset of cannabis occurrence in older adults other than youngsters. In Colorado, marijuana teenage use declined substantially in 2021.
A reported 100% compliance with the identification policy has discouraged underage persons from buying cannabis from licensed marijuana traders. Another survey shows marijuana use among youth dropped in 2020 due to the COVID–19 pandemic as more states enacted legalization.
The U.S. education department studied senior high students from 2009–2019 and saw that no worthy difference between grades 9 through 12 reported consuming cannabis once a month.
The CDC says teenage marijuana consumption declined at the zenith of state legalization of cannabis for recreation purposes. A 2020 Colorado survey showed consumption of cannabis has not changed since the enactment of legalization though the usage methods were diversified.
A White House official in the National Drug Control Policy further noted in 2020 that cannabis use in the youth was declining and that it was a welcome event, even if the reasons remained unknown.
These findings from federally funded studies show that the marijuana industry has been taking a lot of needless flak and part of what it needs is funding from not only entities such as REZYFi Inc. but also traditional banks so that the sector can grow and serve more people by providing jobs and gathering taxes without putting teens in significant danger.
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