According to the University of Michigan (UM) annual National Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study, daily marijuana use among American college students has hit the highest in 2020 over the past four decades. Daily marijuana use, defined as use on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days, among 19- to 22-year-old full-time college students rose to 7.9 percent in 2020, up from 7.9 percent in the year, Xinhua news agency quoted the study as saying. This shows a significant increase of 3.3 percentage points over five years.
Among young adults in the same age group who were not in college, daily use was 13 percent in 2020, down from an all-time high of 15 percent in 2019, which represent a non-statistically significant drop in 2020. Meanwhile, annual marijuana use last year was at a historic high of 44 percent among college students since the early 1980s and 43 percent among similar-aged youth who were not in college. Another key finding is that the use of hallucinogens, including LSD, psilocybin mushroom, and other psychedelic substances, continued to increase, particularly among college students.
Annual use of any hallucinations for college students increased by 8.6 percent from 2019 to 2020, the highest since 1982. Among young adults in the same age group who were not in college, annual use in 2020 was 9.8 percent, the highest in two decades. The third key finding is that in 2020 there was a decrease in drinking in college, perhaps due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among college students, 30-day use and 30-day intoxication decreased by 56 percent and 28 percent, respectively, between 2019 and 2020. Cigarette use among young adults continued to decline over a long period of time, with use for the past 30 days hitting a new all-time low of 4.1 percent for college students in 2020, showing a significant decline of 3.8 percent from 2019.
The study found that it reached a new all-time low of 13 percent in 2020 for non-college respondents. The MTF study has been tracking college students and youth of the same age who are not in college every year since 1980. The new findings are from surveys conducted between March 30, 2020, until November 30, 2020, just after the national shutdown due to the COVID pandemic.