The explosion in non-smokable marijuana products that has occurred as more and more states and countries legalize the drug seems to be having its effect, according to the latest large-scale survey on Colorado teen cannabis usage. The investigation, published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics and based on the state government’s biennial health survey, found that 78 percent of Colorado high school marijuana users reported smoking cannabis in 2017. That number stood at 87 percent just two years prior.
Smoking remains the most popular way among survey respondents to consume cannabis, but eating, vaporizing, and dabbing the drug are all on the rise. The percentage of teens who reported eating cannabis rose from two percent in 2015 to 10 percent in 2017. The percentage of those who said they dabbed rose from four percent to 7.5 percent.
“These modes are important to monitor because of their unique psychoactive associations, and potential harms, including unintentional overconsumption with edibles and an increased physiological tolerance and withdrawal associated with the high tetrahydrocannabinol levels of cannabis concentrates used for dabbing,” wrote the researchers in the text of the study.
They’re not the only ones that have been eschewing smokable weed at higher rates — market