The National Institute of Drug Abuse’s new Monitoring the Future study says that in 2021, 43% of respondents said they had used marijuana in the past year.

A new study shows that marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults aged 19 to 30 has increased significantly to the highest levels since the late 1980s.

The new surveillance of the future Studies from the National Institute on Substance Abuse states that in 2021, 43% of respondents reported having used marijuana in the past year. That’s up from 34% five years ago and 29% a decade ago.

Daily marijuana use also increased, reported by 11% of young adults in 2021, compared to 8% in 2016 and 6% in 2011. Recreational use of marijuana is now legal for adults in 19 states and Washington, DC

Proponents claim marijuana is just as safe, if not safer, than alcohol, which is believed to contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year. But researchers say they’ve seen some negative effects.

“It’s of particular concern for teenagers and young adults, whose developing brains are particularly vulnerable to the ill effects. Pretty much everyone who ends up having a problem with drug use started as a teenager and continued using as a young adult.” dr Maria Ramandar.

The Monitoring the Future study states that rates of nicotine vaporization over the past month continued their gradual upward trend in 2021, although they leveled off in 2020. While vaping marijuana had declined significantly over the past month in 2020, it has bounced back to pre-pandemic 2021 levels.

Alcohol remained the most commonly used substance among young adults in the study, although past year, past month and daily use over the past decade were found to have decreased.

The study states that the use of hallucinogens was relatively stable over the past few decades through 2020, when reports of use increased dramatically. In 2021, 8% of young adults reported using hallucinogens in the past year, an all-time high since this category was first surveyed in 1988.

Read more about the results of the study.

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