Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show

Some fundamentally good news for the American cannabis industry: Adult marijuana use is steadily increasing.

That’s according to findings from two different studies – the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and a report from the Public Health Institute.

The National Survey found that, in 2016:
  • Nearly 21% of U.S. residents between the ages of 18 and 25 used cannabis at least monthly.
  • Among adults 26-34, monthly consumers made up almost 15% of the general public.

Those numbers are the highest rates of marijuana use since 1985, The Washington Post reported.

According to Newsweek, the Public Health Institute’s study found that:

  • Cannabis consumption among women “almost doubled between 1984 and 2015, from 5.5% of adults to 10.6%.”
  • 14.7% more men have been using cannabis since 2000.
  • Overall, just under 13% of American adults have tried cannabis since 2015, which is up from 6.7% 10 years ago.

The takeaway seems to be that cannabis still has a long way to go before it’s realistically competing with alcohol as America’s drug of choice, but its overall popularity is on the rise.

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One comment on “Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show
  1. jesse macia on

    Could be, at least in states where recreational use is legal, they are able to buy product that is safe, in a safe environment. Advantage of legalized cannabis. I know that living in a state where it is not legal it urkes me to not be able to go to an establishment and buy at any time the store is open and feeling safe about it and not have to look over my shoulders for law enforcement. One of the many reasons I love going to Washington State.

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