Adult consumption of cannabis products is increasing, while teenagers are turning away from the plant, a recent study showed. The results of a study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Let’s look at the study, how it was conducted, and the implications for our country and the people that live here.
And the Survey Says –
Researchers at Columbia University are quick to correlate their findings with the rise in legal marijuana laws around the United States in the years between 2007 and 2014, which is when their study was conducted.
During that timeframe, states moved to legalize marijuana consumption, initially for medical usage and later, for recreational use. It’s true that cannabis has been widely recognized for it’s healing properties. Health-related organizations have widely endorsed the plant for medicinal use, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Nurses Association. Today, 30 states have some form of legalization laws on the books, including Oklahoma, where voters ratified one of the most liberal pot laws in the nation.
So, the June study from Columbia University actually comes as no surprise. Researchers looked at six categories of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2002 and 2014. They found significant increases in daily use among American adults. There was a corresponding drop in use by teens; one would surmise that, as the plant became legal and accepted, the “thrill” of using an illegal substance caused teenagers to lose interest.
Interestingly, it was the Baby Boomer population that seemed to increase their consumption of pot the most. Too, adults’ aged 26 to 34 increased their daily use of cannabis.
Is pot going mainstream? It would appear so, and this study is one of the first of it’s kind to correlate increased pot use with the latest state laws that have opened the door to the marijuana plant and its amazing properties.