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Research Letter
April 6, 2020

Trends in Marijuana Vaping and Edible Consumption From 2015 to 2018 Among Adolescents in the US

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 2Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 3Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(9):900-902. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0175

There is growing evidence associating adolescent marijuana use with developmental and societal consequences. Noncombustible marijuana use products are more accessible, but data on use trends compared with smoking marijuana have not been available. Vaping has increased rapidly among adolescents,1 and although pot brownies are not new, commercially manufactured marijuana edibles are now available. The extent to which these products are used by adolescents nationally is unknown. Regional data suggest boys vape more than girls.2-4 There are conflicting reports of sex differences in edible use4,5 and differences across modes of use for race/ethnicity2,4 and socioeconomic status (SES).3,4 We document prevalence and trends from 2015 to 2018 in noncombustible marijuana use and differences by use frequency and sociodemographic characteristics (ie, sex, race/ethnicity, SES, and school urbanicity).

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