Cannabis vaping more than doubles among U.S. high school seniors

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The number of U.S. high school seniors who vape cannabis at least 10 times a month more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, notes a new study out of the U.S. Although the percentages of students involved were small, the increase was significant. Frequent cannabis vaping use rose from 2.1 per cent to 4.9 per cent, state the findings, published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health . “Frequent vaping of cannabis now appears to be increasing at a faster rate than any vaping of cannabis,” study author Joseph Palamar, an associate professor at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, says in a statement from the university . How this Vancouver company’s plan to be a game-changer hinges on human trials of cannabis vapes What’s in your cannabis vape? Researchers argue age-gating needed to prevent easy access to weed-vaping videos on YouTube Investigators from the Grossman School of Medicine looked at data from Monitoring the Future Study, a nationally representative survey of high school seniors in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019. In all, 12,561 students from 256 schools across 48 states were included in the data analyzed. More frequent cannabis vaping was detected in most sub-groups of high school seniors, but was particularly elevated in three. Published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health , the findings indicate the biggest hikes were among female students (up 183.5 per cent), students 18 or older (up 154.9 per cent) and those who go out four to seven times weekly (up 163 per cent). Frequent cannabis vaping is an issue of concern since it “can increase the risk for cannabis use disorder,” researchers report. “Symptoms of cannabis use disorder (CUD) “can include increased tolerance, repeated attempts to control use or quit, spending a lot of time using, social…

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