Marijuana use by young Americans hit record levels last year, and use of hallucinogens is also on the rise, according to a new study.
Of the 5,000 young adults ages 19 to 30 surveyed, 43 percent said they had used marijuana in the past year, up from 34 percent in 2016 and 29 percent in 2011, according to the University of Michigan’s “Monitoring the Future” study.
Twenty-nine percent reported using marijuana in the past month of 2021, up from 21 percent in 2016 and 17 percent in 2011.
Daily marijuana use increased from 6 percent in 2011 to 8 percent in 2016 to 11 percent in 2021.
The authors of the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, said the figures for marijuana use in 2021 were the “highest levels on record since these trends were first monitored in 1988.”
As for hallucinogens, eight percent of young adults reported using LSD, MDMA, mescaline, peyote, “shrooms,” or PCP in the past year, up from five percent in 2016 and three percent in 2011.
Almost 82 percent of respondents said they had drunk alcohol in the past 12 months, down slightly from 83.5 percent in 2016 and 83.8 percent in 2011.
The study didn’t identify reasons for the increase in marijuana use among young adults, but recreational cannabis is now legal in nearly 20 states.
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