Adults are smoking more weed than teenagers
Marijuana is one of the most widely used illicit drugs in the world. In the United States, 7% of people over 12 said they had smoked in the last 30 days. In Brazil, about 8 million people, or 4% of the total population, admit to having tried the drug, according to a study by the Federal University of São Paulo.
However, a surprise, noted in a survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was that the number of adults smoking marijuana has grown, while that of teenagers has fallen by about 10% from the first results in 2002. During this period, the number of middle-aged smokers increased by 50%, and in the group of people over 65, that number rose by an impressive 333%.
One of the causes of this increase, especially among the elderly, is the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In some countries and states, the plant is used to treat patients with chronic pain, neurological problems, or posttraumatic stress disorder.
Another important factor shown by the survey is that fewer people perceive marijuana as harmful, especially when it comes to casual use. There was also a drop in the number of drug addicts, which currently accounts for 11% of smokers.
The results suggest that increased marijuana use does not necessarily result in an increase in the number of addicts. As the drug is becoming easier to acquire, different types of uses are perceived.