Cannabis use among college students is increasing in America.
Studies of American college students reveal that daily cannabis use was more popular than smoke smoking for the very first time this past year.
Studies found that 5.9 percent of college students said they use cannabis almost every day. Pupils asserted to have smoked at least 20 times in the past 30 days. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from 2007, and the greatest rate since 1980.
Just five percent of college students reported using tobacco.
More pupils are experimenting with the substance for the very first time, too.
In this Feb. 20, 2015 picture, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene smokes a joint at the medical cannabis dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska.In this Feb. 20, 2015 picture, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene smokes a joint at the medical cannabis dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska.
Twenty-one percent of students reported having used cannabis once or more in the past 30 days. That’s a 4 percent increase from 2006. Thirty-four percent of those questioned said they used cannabis in 2006 than in the past year. But, the amounts seem to have leveled off since 2014.
The findings were reported by the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study. Lloyd Johnston was the lead researcher. He said, “It Is clear that for the previous seven or eight years there’s been a rise in cannabis use among the country’s college students. And this mostly parallels an increase we’ve been seeing among high school seniors.”
Less Dangerous Than Tobacco
Mr. Johnston said the primary driver for the increased use of cannabis is the belief that it’s not as dangerous as tobacco. He pointed to studies of high school graduates between the ages of 22 and 19. In 2006, 55 percent of those questioned said routine use of cannabis was not safe. Eight years after, that number dropped to 35 percent.
He said this is most likely due to increased legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use. It’s legal to use cannabis for recreational functions in four U.S. states and three U.S. cities. Twelve other states have legalized pot for medical purposes.