Emerging Trends in Cannabis Administration Among Adolescent Cannabis Users
Ashley A. KNAPP, Dustin C. LEE, Jacob BORODOVSKY, Alan J. BUDNEY et al.
Journal of Adolescent Health, July 2017
Purpose : The legal landscape of cannabis availability and use in the United States is rapidly changing. As the heterogeneity of cannabis products andmethods of use increases, more information is needed on how these changes affect use, especially in vulnerable populations suchas youth.
Methods : A national sample of adolescents aged 14-18 years (N=2,630) were recruited on line through advertisements displayed on Facebook and Instagram to complete a survey on cannabis. The survey assessed patterns of edible use, vaping, and smoking cannabis, and the associations among these administration routes and use of other substances.
Results : The most frequent and consistent route of cannabis use was smoking (99% lifetime), with substantial numbers reporting vaping (44% lifetime) and edible use (61% lifetime). The majority of those who had experimented with multiple routes of cannabis administration continued to prefer smoking, and the most common pattern of initiation was smoking, followed by edibles and then vaping. In addition to cannabis use, adolescents reported high rates of nicotine use and substantial use of other substances. Adolescents who used more cannabis administration routes tended to also report higher frequency of other substances tried.
Conclusions : Additional work is needed to determine whether the observed adolescent cannabis administration patterns are similar across different samples and sampling methods as well as how these trends change over time with extended exposure to new products and methods.
The combined knowledge gained via diverse sampling strategies will have important implications for the development of regulatory policy and prevention and intervention efforts.