Poll shows about 25% of American young adults consume cannabis
A new Gallup poll shows that about one in four young adults in the United States consumes cannabis. The research company declared the outcomes of the Gallup poll on Wednesday.
The poll discovered that 24 percent of adults’ aged between 18-29 years old stated that they consume cannabis frequently. For the overall adult age group, 13 percent of Americans reported that they consume marijuana, while 5 percent indicated that consume marijuana frequently and 8 percent said they consume marijuana occasionally.
13 percent of people aged 30-49 years old stated that they often consume cannabis. According to the poll, 11 percent of adults aged 50-64 years consumed weed and people of age 65 and older had a marijuana consumption percentage of 6 percent.
As far as geographic regions are concerned, 20 percent of adults in the West, acknowledged to using marijuana in contrast to any other part of the country. Different areas had meager and similar rates of cannabis consumption. 12 percent of adults in the Eastern region admitted that they smoked weed. 11 percent of adults in the western part also acknowledge using marijuana while 10 percent of Midwesterners stated that they were weed smokers.
The consumption and sale of Recreational cannabis have been legalized in all three coastal states found in the West, California, Oregon, and Washington, plus Nevada and Colorado.
Use of Tobacco Products Also Gauged
A similar study was also conducted on cigarette smokers in which people were asked about their use and opinions of tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and vaping. The poll discovered that 20 percent of adults in the United States smoke cigarettes while 9 percent of them vape.
Nine percent acknowledged to smoking cigars. However, the smoking of Cigar showed a wide gender gap. 15 percent of males admitted to smoking cigar, while only 3 percent of females exposed to smoking cigar.
Five percent of adults, 8 percent of males and 1 percent of females, admitted to using chewing tobacco. 4 percent of adults said that they used pipes.
The respondents of the poll were also questioned about their notion with regards to the relative safety of tobacco and cannabis. Generally, the respondents believe that marijuana is less harmful than tobacco.
About 96 percent of the respondents, said that cigarettes are harmful. Within 96 percent of the respondents, 82 percent believed that cigarettes are “very harmful” while fourteen percent believe that those cigarettes are “somewhat harmful.”
On the other hand, 63 percent of those studied think that cannabis is dangerous. Twenty-seven percent believe that marijuana is “very dangerous,” while 29 percent think it is “somewhat dangerous.” Twenty-four percent think cannabis is “not too dangerous.” Another 18 percent said that were not sure if cannabis is dangerous.
Almost all the respondents stated that cigars, chewing tobacco, and pipe tobacco were generally “very dangerous.” At 71 percent Chewing tobacco was seen as the most dangerous after cigarettes. At 56 percent Cigars was the second most harmful while 52 percent think smoking a pipe is “very dangerous.” Vaping e-cigarettes were seen as comparatively safer, with 38 percent admitting that they are “very dangerous.”
The poll was carried out by Gallup on the 1st of July 2018. Telephone interviews were done with 1,033 adults of age 18 years and above found in all 50 states nationwide including the District of Columbia. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.