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Daily marijuana use surpasses alcohol in the US for the first time, data shows

  • Millions of people in the United States report using marijuana daily or nearly daily, outnumbering those who use alcohol daily or nearly daily.
  • According to the data, in 2022 this pattern of marijuana use will surpass that of alcohol use for the first time.
  • Approximately 40% of current cannabis users consume it daily or nearly daily, similar to tobacco use patterns.

Millions of people in the United States report using marijuana daily or nearly daily, and that number now exceeds the number of people who say they consume alcohol daily or nearly daily, according to an analysis of national survey data.

Although alcohol remains widely used, 2022 was the first time this intensive level of cannabis use exceeded daily and near-daily drinking, said study author and cannabis policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. Jonathan Caulkins said.

“A significant 40% of current cannabis users use cannabis daily or nearly daily, and this pattern is more associated with tobacco use than with typical alcohol use,” Caulkins said. said.

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The study was based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and was published Wednesday in the journal Addiction. This survey is a respected source of self-reported estimates of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use in the United States.

Marijuana plants are lined up in a store in San Francisco on March 20, 2023. Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common in the United States than the same level of heavy drinking, according to an analysis of 40 years of survey data. According to study results released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

According to the study, an estimated 17.7 million people will report using marijuana every day or nearly every day in 2022, compared to 14.7 million people who drink alcohol every day or almost every day.

From 1992 to 2022, the per capita rate of reporting daily or near-daily cannabis use increased 15 times. Professor Caulkins acknowledged in his research that as public acceptance increases, people may be more willing to report marijuana use, which could accelerate the increase.

Currently, most states allow medical or recreational marijuana use, but it remains illegal at the federal level. In November, Florida voters will decide on a constitutional amendment that would allow recreational marijuana, and the federal government is moving to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug.

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Dr. David A. Gorelick, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who was not involved in the study, said research shows that heavy users are more likely to become addicted to marijuana. .

The number of daily users suggests more people are at risk of developing problematic cannabis use or addiction, Gorelick said.

“High-frequency use also increases the risk of developing cannabis-related psychosis,” a serious condition in which a person loses touch with reality, he said.

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