Shocking Marijuana Study: Teens Marijuana Use Is Down While American Adults Use Is Up

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A new marijuana study by the CDC admits that marijuana use is going down with teens, but is increasing in use among adults.

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A marijuana plant in Colorado.

Who exactly is using marijuana anyway?

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A woman blows marijuana smoke in Denver, Colo., April 20,

The CDC released a report on the use of marijuana.

The report breaks down marijuana usage by age, gender and race. The CDC’s data doesn’t take into account the most recent laws legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, but it does show longer-term trends. Much of the data was collected via home interviews conducted during the entire year it represents — so, for example, 2002 data was gathered over the course of 2002. For 2012, the sample size was made up of 68,309 people. Data on teen marijuana usage was gathered from yearly interviews with between 45,000 and 50,000 high school students.

Following is a closer look at highlights from the report:

In the last 10 years, marijuana use has increased in usage by 1 percent.

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In 2002, 6.2 percent of Americans had used marijuana sometime during the previous year. By 2012, that number increased to 7.3 percent.

Teens Are Actually Smoking Less Marijuana Today Than They Were In 2012

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In 2012, the number of older teenagers smoking pot was 14%.  That is actually down from 2002 when 15.7% of older teenagers were smoking pot.

This is part of a larger trend that appears to be happening. In 1980, the CDC asked high school seniors if they smoked weed in the last month, 33.7% admitted that they had. Contrast that to 2012, when only 22.9% admitted to using marijuana.

The largest increase in cannabis use has come from adults between 26 to 34.

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Among adults transitioning from youth to middle age, marijuana usage climbed by nearly four points, from 7.7 percent in 2002 to 11.3 percent in 2012. Adults over the age of 35 also used more marijuana, but the increase was by less than one percentage point.

The age group responsible for the most use of marijuana are between 18-25 years old.

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When it comes to gender, men use marijuana more than women, but has become more popular among women over the last ten years.

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BuzzFeed graph, via data by the Centers for Disease Control. Men are shown in blue, while women are shown in red.

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A customer pays for retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver May 8.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/more-americans-are-smoking-pot-but-use-among-teens-is-down

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