Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use on the Rise in Young People

Medscape Staff

September 28, 2021

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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