It gathers data on middle school and high school drug use among a nationally representative sample of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders.As expected, rates of marijuana use are lowest among 8th-graders.Many kids try marijuana because they think it’s less harmful than other illicit drugs, such as cocaine or heroin.
More teens smoked marijuana in 2017 than smoked cigarettes or used vaping products, according to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey.
Overall, rates of illicit drug use, cigarette use and alcohol use are declining among adolescents.
“We see that edibles are probably being used around 10 percent or 11 percent,” Volkow said regarding national edible use.
“But there is a significant difference between the states.” Teens try drugs for a variety of reasons.
Trying marijuana one time is unlikely to cause long-lasting health problems. Children with anxiety disorders may experience panic attacks when they smoke the drug or as marijuana leaves their system. “In [high school] seniors, 5.9 percent of them report regular marijuana use, which is basically daily use. Because they are in school, and they are supposed to be learning and memorizing.
This pattern of use has been shown to be associated with impairment in educational achievement and with very significant levels of dropout.” Regular marijuana use is also associated with lower life satisfaction.
Unlike alcohol or cocaine, marijuana overdoses don’t kill people.
Parents shouldn’t try to scare teens by exaggerating the drug’s hazards. In general, many teens will try marijuana and never experience major legal or health problems.
These marijuana statistics from the 2017 survey include smoking, vaping and eating the drug.
Nearly 10 percent of 12th-graders reported that they vaped marijuana in the past year.