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Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use on the Rise in Young People

Young adults appear to be turning away from alcohol and toward marijuana and hallucinogens, according to a survey on national drug use trends.

What to know:

  • In 2020, marijuana use continued its recent increase among young adults.

  • Hallucinogens like LSD are also becoming more popular, while alcohol use has declined, according to a survey that has been collecting data on trends since 1975.

  • The results show that the perceived risk of marijuana has been decreasing in recent years — even as the amount of THC used in cannabis products has increased.

  • Another explanation for the changing patterns may be recent studies indicating potentially beneficial effects of LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin for people with PTSD and depression.

  • According to the CDC, young people who regularly use marijuana are at greater risk of developing schizophrenia.

This is a summary of the article “Young adults dropping alcohol for marijuana and hallucinogens, survey finds” published by ABC News on September 17, 2021. The full article can be found on

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