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Cannabis Use Up Among Young Adults

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Cannabis use disorder or marijuana use disorder is a condition that millions of Americans live with each day. While the drug is generally considered benign when compared to harder drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, it is not without risk. Cannabis addiction is real, and it can significantly disrupt people's lives; this is particularly true for young people.

In the United States, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in thinking about cannabis. Even though the drug remains illegal federally, 33 states and D.C. have medical marijuana programs. Patients can request a recommendation from their doctor to use pot for a host of medical conditions.

Medical marijuana gave rise to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Currently, 11 states and D.C., including California, allow adults over the age of 21 to use cannabis recreationally. The writing is on the wall: the prohibition on marijuana may soon come to an end in the near future.

Perceptions about cannabis have been a driving force behind legalization. Despite the fact that there is little available research on the long-term effects of cannabis use, many Americans believe the drug is relatively harmless.

While smoking pot or eating THC-infused edibles may not cause severe problems for most people, that is not the case for everyone. That's not to say the drug should be federally prohibited, but instead that people must have the facts before they begin using America's most popular drug.

Cannabis Use Among Young Adults


Adolescents and young adults are the demographics that experts are most concerned about when it comes to cannabis use. Research shows that frequent marijuana use can wreak havoc on developing brains and put individuals on a path toward addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that people who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a cannabis use disorder than adults.

Each year, a survey is conducted to follow drug use trends in America. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is especially interested in teens and young adult substance use. The American Academy of Pediatrics analyzed NSDUH data from 2002 to 2016 and published a study on their findings recently. The researchers found that exclusive use of marijuana between 18- to 22 -year-olds rose, and exclusive tobacco use among the group fell in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. What's more, less than one-third of young adults think frequent cannabis use is harmful—the lowest percentage since 1980.

Interestingly, college students had the most significant increase in cannabis use, the article reports. Exclusive marijuana use was higher among college students than non-college respondents for both the past month and past year; 11.5% compared to 8.6% and 14.6% compared to 10.8%, respectively. Moreover, college students who only used marijuana in the past month increased by almost 8% over the survey period, compared to 4% for non-college young adults.

On the other hand, non-college individuals were more likely to use tobacco than college students in the past 30 days — 17.7% compared to 10.4%. The same was true for past year tobacco use: 17.4% compared to 12.2%.

These findings are essential for several reasons; they show that more needs to be done to impress the dangers of cannabis use upon young people. Not through scare tactics or punishment, but by informing them that cannabis is not benign. Sharing the fact that using pot at a young age increases one's risk of developing an addiction, a condition that could impact work, school, and relationships.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans seek treatment for cannabis use disorder each year.

SLO County Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment


If you are a young adult male or female who has been negatively impacted by marijuana use, then you are strongly encouraged to seek professional assistance. Those who attempt and find that they are unable to quit on their own can benefit significantly from contacting The Haven at Pismo.

Our highly trained staff can help you break the cycle of addiction and give you the tools to lead a healthy and productive life in recovery. The Haven is the perfect place to renew to your best today.