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New Poll: 52% of American Adults Have Tried Marijuana


More than half of Americans ages 18 and older acknowledge having consumed marijuana, according to nationwide survey data provided by YouGov.com.

52% of respondents admitted having tried cannabis during their lifetimes, including 63% of those between the ages of 45 and 64. By contrast, those respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old were among those least likely to report having had prior experience with cannabis (37%).

Consistent with prior surveys, smoking was the most common way adults consumed cannabis.

Two-thirds of those with a history of cannabis use said that their experiences were “very or somewhat positive.”

According to YouGov’s most recent cannabis poll, the most common method is smoking it, stating: “Two in three (66%) American adults who say they’ve ever tried marijuana say they’ve smoked it. The next most common modes of consumption include edibles (40%), concentrates or extracts for vaping or dabbing (27%), ingestible concentrates or extracts (18%), and topical body products (17%). Younger Americans who have used marijuana are more likely than older Americans to have consumed edibles, infused beverages, and concentrates or extracts for vaping or dabbing.”

The data is consistent with 2021 survey data provided by Gallup reporting that an estimated 50% of US adults have consumed cannabis at some point in their lives.

Additional polling information is available from YouGov.com.

Author: Dan Kingston is a writer and editor in the legalized marijuana industry.

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