Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Report Trying Cannabis; Percentage of Regular Smokers Remains Unchanged

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<![CDATA[The percentage of U.S. adults who have tried cannabis is the highest it has ever been. As normalization continues to spread, 49% of Americans 18 years and older said they have tried cannabis—a 4% increase from 2019 and 2017—according to results from Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll conducted July 6-21. Meanwhile, the Gallup Poll found 12% of U.S. adults answered yes when asked: “Do you, yourself, smoke marijuana?” That rate has remained unchanged—ranging between 11% and 13%—since 2015. Other popular forms to use cannabis, such as edibles, was not part of the poll. Trends also touched on cannabis use for different generations, genders, religiosities, political affiliations and levels of education. “More than 50 years ago, just 4% said they had tried the drug, but that percentage surpassed 20% in 1977, 30% in 1985 and 40% in 2015,” Gallup News reported in a summary of the poll. “The increase in the proportion of U.S. adults who have tried marijuana mainly reflects millennials replacing older traditionalists in the U.S. adult population.” Only 19% of U.S. adults born before 1945, whom Gallup refers to as “traditionalists,” said they have tried cannabis. Generational experimentation among other birth cohorts is near identical, with 51% of millennials, 49% of Generation Xers and 50% of baby boomers saying they’ve used cannabis. The generational figure for baby boomers has gone unchanged from the 1980s, according to Gallup. Gallup does not yet have sufficient data to provide reliable estimates for Generation Z, the oldest of whom are 24 years old now. Combined data from 2015-2021 reveals smoking cannabis is most common among young adults, as millennials (20%) are twice as likely to say they consume cannabis in that form as Gen Xers (11%) and baby boomers (9%), while few traditionalists (1%) said they currently smoke the plant’s flower. “These…

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