More frequent cannabis use linked to demographic factors

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(HealthDay) – Higher frequency cannabis use is more common among young people, racial minorities and those of low socioeconomic status, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in JAMA network open.

Abra M. Jeffers, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues used data from 387,179 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey respondents (2016 to 2019) to examine the frequency of cannabis use and associated factors in American adults.

Researchers have found that smoking is the most common form of cannabis use. There was a significant difference in the frequency of cannabis use by age, sex, race, marital status, education, and occupation. Younger age (18 to 34: adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 4.12; ages 35 to 64: aOR, 2.22), black (aOR, 1.46) and Native American (aOR, 1.25), and a lower level of education (high school or less: aOR, 1.09 ; some colleges: aOR, 1.27) were associated with more frequent cannabis use. Lower frequency cannabis use was associated with being married (aOR, 0.54) and being identified as Asian (aOR, 0.60) or Hispanic (aOR, 0.71).

“More frequent use among these populations may warrant more attention from policy makers and public health officials in the form of screening, risk stratification and treatment given the known and emerging adverse effects of cannabis on health, ”write the authors.

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