The use of cannabis among adults in Oregon continues to outpace the rest of the nation, according to the state’s Marijuana Report, with one in ten consuming regularly.
The study, conducted by the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority, sampled not only the frequency of use among adults, but their thoughts and opinions about cannabis as well, and the use and attitudes among the young adult population.
Data from the study includes:
- Almost half of all Oregonians have tried cannabis at some point.
- The majority of users are between the ages of 18 and 24.
- Almost two-thirds of adults are unsure of how long to wait to drive after consuming.
- While 62 percent of 11th graders say cannabis is easy to obtain, the rate of use was in line with national figures.
- The majority of users smoke cannabis as opposed to any other method of consumption (vaporizing, edibles, etc.).
- Medical use is is greater in adults over 25.
- The majority of adults 18 to 24 use cannabis recreationally.
The officials conducting the study were not surprised by most of the statistics as they confirmed their current knowledge of marijuana use. However, the lack of knowledge surrounding the influence of cannabis, especially while driving, indicates that educating the public should be a priority.
“People aren’t quite as aware of how long they need to wait and that probably varies as to whether you have smoked it or eaten it,”
said Dr. Katrina Hedberg, the State Epidemiologist who oversaw the study. “Certainly, marijuana in some people helps reduce anxiety, but it’s clear that in some people at high doses it can cause anxiety and paranoia and adverse health affects people might not expect.”
Data was also provided by the Oregon Poison Center, which has seen an increase in calls relating to the side effects of cannabis, including fluctuations in blood pressure and paranoia.