Teen Marijuana Use Remained Stable In 2022, Despite More States Legalizing And Lifting Of Pandemic Restrictions

Teen Marijuana Use Remained Stable In 2022, Despite More States Legalizing And Lifting Of Pandemic Restrictions
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Even as more states legalized marijuana—and society started to return to normal following the worst of the coronavirus pandemic by lifting restrictions that kept many students at home under parental supervision—teen cannabis use remained stable in 2022, according to the latest federally funded Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey. Experts like National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow had largely attributed an earlier substantial 2020 to 2021 drop in illicit substance use among youth to the fact that the pandemic minimized social interactions for many young people. The expectation was that there’d be a resurgence amid renewed socialization—but that didn’t happen last year according to the new data. Instead, past-year, past-30 day and daily marijuana consumption among 8th, 10th and 12th graders went mostly unchanged in 2022. Via MTF. About five percent of those in 8th grade reported using cannabis in the past-month, which is just slightly higher than the 4.1 percent reported the prior year and still notably lower than the 6.5 percent level in 2020. It’s also substantially lower compared to the 11.3 percent peak in 1996—well before any adult-use markets had come online in states. For 10th graders, past-month use was 12.1 percent. Again, that’s marginally higher than 2021 (10.1 percent), but much lower than 2020 (16.6 percent) and a far cry from the 1997 peak of 20.5 percent. The same basic trend was observed for 12th graders, 20.2 percent of whom reported past-month marijuana consumption in 2022. In 2021, that rate was 19.5, compared to 37.1 percent in 1978. “Cannabis use remained stable for all three grades surveyed,” a NIDA official told Marijuana Moment in an email on Thursday. The official added: “Of note, 6.0 percent of eighth graders, 15.0 percent of 10th graders, and 20.6 percent of 12th graders reported vaping cannabis within the…

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