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Moritz College of Law

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Cannabis use disorder among people using cannabis daily/almost daily in the United States, 2002–2016"

Download (7)The title of this post is the title of this notable new research by multiple authors about to be published in the December 2019 issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  Here is the abstract:

Background

Cannabis use disorder (CUD) prevalence among people reporting past-year cannabis use declined from 2002–2016.  We examined whether similar reductions in CUD were observed among people reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use.  We expected that CUD prevalence among people reporting daily/almost daily use would not decrease.

Methods

We used 2002–2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data, including 22,651 individuals using cannabis 300+ days in the past year.  CUD was defined using DSM-IV criteria for cannabis abuse and/or dependence. Age categories included: 12–17, 18–25, and 26 + .  Annual prevalence of CUD, cannabis dependence, cannabis abuse, and each individual abuse/dependence items accounted for the complex survey design.  Differences in trends over time were examined by age group.

Results

From 2002–2016, the prevalence of CUD among people reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use decreased by 26.8% in adolescents, by 29.7% in ages 18–25, and by 37.5% in ages 26 + .  Prevalence of DSM-IV cannabis dependence decreased significantly among adolescents (-43.9%) and young adults (-26.8%) but remained stable in adults 26 + .  Reductions in most dependence items were observed in young adults, with less consistent patterns in adolescents and adults 26 + .  Prevalence of DSM-IV cannabis abuse decreased overall and for each abuse item across all age groups.

Conclusions

Contrary to expectations, CUD prevalence decreased significantly across all ages reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use between 2002–2016.  Cannabis dependence prevalence decreased for adolescents and young adults and was stable only among adults ages 26+ reporting daily/almost daily cannabis use.  Potential drivers of this decrease should be further explored.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2019/11/cannabis-use-disorder-among-people-using-cannabis-dailyalmost-daily-in-the-united-states-20022016.html

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