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Cannabis use in America on the rise

According to a recent survey by Gallup, a record 50% of citizens in America have admitted to the use of cannabis at some point in their lives.

This marks a slight increase from 49% in 2021 and 48% in 2022.

Additionally, when comparing with figures from 2017 and 2019, which stood at 45%, there’s a noticeable rise.

Interestingly, current statistics also indicate that about 17% of Americans actively smoke cannabis, reflecting a gradual increase from the 16% recorded in the previous year.

Since 2013, the proportion of citizens in America claiming to use cannabis has witnessed more than a twofold growth, rising from 7%.

Historical data from Gallup reveals a substantial growth in cannabis experimentation from 4% in 1969 to a peak of 49% in 2021.

During this interval, support for the legalisation of cannabis surged from 12% to a whopping 68%.

Analysing the demographics, young adults (aged 18-34) top the charts with 29% currently using cannabis.

This rate is notably higher compared to adults over 55, where only 9% claim to use the drug.

The national average, which is 17%, aligns closely with the consumption rate of the 35-54 age group.

Gender-wise, cannabis use is nearly equal among men and women. However, non-college graduates are approximately twice as prone to smoke compared to their college-graduate counterparts.

Political affiliations also reveal varied patterns: 21% of Democrats, 17% of independents, and 12% of Republicans smoke cannabis.

Furthermore, while most Americans seem less concerned about the effects of cannabis on adult users, there’s a heightened concern regarding its impact on teens.

A significant 75% expressed being either very or somewhat worried about young regular users, possibly reflecting official health warnings about cannabis potential detrimental effects on adolescent brain development and mental well-being.

In summary, as cannabis becomes increasingly accessible and legalised across the America, more individuals are attempting to use it.

Currently, half the nation has experienced it, with young adults leading the trend.


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