420 is the new five as Cannabis takes the lead in recreational use

Cannabis trumps alcohol use among young people in the US by a considerable amount, with edibles being the ultimate favourite.

Researchers reveal that cannabis consumption among US adolescents has increased by a whopping 245% between 2000 and 2020, with edibles being the most popular mode of use.

According to findings from the 20-year-long study, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, the popularity of booze has taken a steady hit, while edible weed has sky-rocketed.

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As declared by the researchers, “since 2018, the most reported misused/abused substance involved exposure to marijuana.”

Reflecting on the study in a statement, Dr Adrienne Hughes said: “Since 2014, marijuana exposure cases have exceeded ethanol cases every year, and by a greater amount each year than the prior.”


Over the two-decade study period, 338,727 cases of intentional drug misuse by children and adolescents were discovered. The number of cases fluctuated per year, with 2011 recording the highest number of cases.

In the year 2000, 1,318 cases of alcohol misuse were identified. However, this dropped to 916 in 2020. Meanwhile, incidents involving cannabis increased from 510 in 2000 to 1,761 in 2020.

As declared by the authors of study, “edible marijuana preparations had the highest average monthly increase in call rates compared with all other forms of marijuana.” 

They also claim that “there was an increase in edible marijuana exposures by 11.7 cases per month from 2000 to 2020.”