As more states across the country legalize cannabis for recreational use, attitudes toward the use of cannabis is changing. A report that was recently released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has found that the number of young individuals who view the use of cannabis as risky behavior has decreased.
According to the report, young individuals believe that in comparison to the occasional use of cannabis, vaping cannabis is riskier. They also think that experimenting with other drugs, including LSD, sedatives, heroin or cocaine, is riskier than experimenting with cannabis.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has been tracking the attitudes of young people and adults since the late 1970s. The Institute (“NIDA”), which is under the National Institutes of Health, began including teens in the eighth and ninth grades from 1991.
Over time, the number of young people who view the regular, occasional or experimental use of marijuana as not a big deal has increased. Last year, the percentage of young individuals that viewed the use of cannabis as risky hit an all-time low. The institute also found that individuals aged between 19 and 30 who used cannabis in the past year, in the past 30 days or daily was currently at its highest.
Data collected last year showed that nearly 10% of young individuals used cannabis almost daily or daily last month, 27% used cannabis at least once last month and more than 40% used the plant at least once in the past year. NIDA also found that vaping cannabis had been increasing since 2017. However, this trend didn’t continue into 2020, with NIDA noting that the prevalence of vaping cannabis both in August of this year and in 2020 reduced to 11% and 20% respectively.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that individuals aged 19 to 22 as well as those in their mid-20s were more likely to vape cannabis. The Institute also found that the use of cannabis reduced with age, with the plant’s use being most prevalent in people aged 21 to 26. The percentage of grownups who use cannabis monthly or yearly at age 50 was roughly 17% while only 11% of individuals aged 60 and above used cannabis.
Additionally, men aged 19 to 30 were more likely to use cannabis every day in comparison with women. Men in this age bracket were also more likely to have vaped cannabis, in comparison to women. College students were also found to be less likely to use cannabis when compared with their peers who weren’t attending college.
These changing attitudes towards marijuana are likely to get even more people using the substance for medicinal purposes, thereby increasing interest in the latest devices, such as those made by RYAH Group Inc., which ease the use of plant-based medicines.
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