Marijuana use among young adults reached an all-time high last year, with nearly 43 percent of 19- to 30-year-olds saying they had used marijuana in the past 12 months, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.
The Monitoring the Future report found a steady increase in marijuana usage in the age group over the past decade, rising from 29 percent in 2011 to 34 percent in 2016.
The researchers also reported that use of hallucinogens — psychedelic drugs that alter a person’s perception of reality, such as LSD, peyote and mushrooms — was less common than marijuana use in the same age group, but that it too is increasing, up from 3 percent a decade ago to 8 percent in 2021.
The latest report found that young adults’ most commonly used substance is alcohol, although its use (whether daily, in the past month or past year) has been decreasing for about 10 years. But binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks in a row) and high-intensity drinking (10 or more drinks) have been on the rise, with 32 percent of young adults saying they binged on alcohol in the prior two weeks and 13 percent reporting high-intensity drinking in that time frame.
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