In States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal, More Young People Vape Marijuana!

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It is unclear why, but more young people in the United Places report using cannabis vape pens in states where medical marijuana is permitted than in states where weed is legal for all adults or wholly outlawed.

About 27% of 12th students in medical marijuana jurisdictions reported smoking cannabis, whereas just 19% reported doing so in states that ban or allow adult use, according to recent research.

More than one-fourth of American teenagers living in jurisdictions where medicinal marijuana is a legal report using electronic cigarette devices to consume the drug. Christian Maynard, a sociologist at Washington State University and the paper’s primary author, found that to be “a lot.”

We assumed that legalization for recreational use and legalization for medical purposes would be more parallel. Instead, he noted in a university press statement, “we did not identify any statistical difference between banned and adult usage states.”

Maynard and his academic advisor, sociologist Jennifer Schwartz, used data from 2020 Monitoring the Future poll, which was taken by 3,770 graduating high school seniors, to draw their conclusions. Since 1975, it has polled American youth.

The researchers looked at the responses of 556 people who were asked about their availability of and comfort with vaping cannabis and their level of risk perception. In places where medical marijuana was the only form of legalization, 62% of high school seniors reported having easy access to cannabis vape cartridges. Only 29% considered chronic cannabis usage to be extremely dangerous.

More than half of high school graduates in states where marijuana is legal for adults to say they can easily find cartridges to smoke with.

More high school students, almost 40% in prohibition states and 36% in legalization states saw cannabis usage as potentially dangerous on a regular basis.

Maynard speculated on the possible causes.

He speculated that the youth’s perception of cannabis’s safety was influenced by the fact that it was being sold for medical purposes. Because minors are not allowed in dispensaries, “the difference in availability may also be that adult-use jurisdictions are supplying legal cannabis to a larger spectrum of people,” which could reduce the black market.

More study on this topic is required, according to Maynard.

Overall, teen use of cannabis and tobacco products has been declining. Researchers found that in 2019, cannabis vaping had the second-largest annual increase of any substance studied in the study’s 45-year history. It was second only to vaping nicotine.

As the study points out, the popularity of vaping persists despite the fact that lung ailments caused by vaping will account for over 2,000 hospitalizations and 68 deaths in 2019 and 2020. The CDC found that many of the incidents of damage were linked to vitamin E cartridges sold online or at festivals.

Maynard emphasized the importance of parents and teachers warning children about the risks.

“Whether we like it or not, cannabis legalization appears to be happening across the country,” he said. It’s crucial to have open communication with teenagers. Research has shown that cannabis use has negative consequences during early brain development. Furthermore, purchasing cannabis from street vendors is a risky business. The contents of such unchecked shopping carts are unknown to you.

The results were published in the March issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports.

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