In a 2013 survey from every weed smoker’s favorite people — the federal government — we’ve been treated to some very interesting information about exactly who’s been smoking all the weed.
The survey, aka the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, or NSDUH, seeks to find out who uses which drugs, how often, and when. While the data spans everything from cocaine to methamphetamine, it’s also a great source of intel on Mary Jane madness.
According to their results, which were collected through anonymous household questionnaires, “marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug in 2013.” (Congrats, stoners. You’ve done it again!)
Almost 20 million people had used it within the last month of being surveyed, which adds up to 7.5 percent of all Americans over the age of 12. That’s about the same percent as it was in 2012, although that year the rate rose from that of the previous decade.
In short, the reduced criminal penalties for using cannabis have motivated a handful of people to turn to the drug. And how many of those people were abusing harmful substances, including alcohol, before? There’s no data on that yet, but we bet it’s a large enough number to show that marijuana has harm reduction properties.
Notably, close to half of 18-20 year-olds had tried cannabis at some point. Nearly 60 percent of people aged 26 to 34 had sampled the drug, whether in dab, joint, or bong form.
Also, according to the survey, 8.1 million people smoke weed every day. Are you one of ’em?