J Psychoactive Drugs. 2022 Mar 31:1-5. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2022.2058897. Online ahead of print.
Cannabis use may confer high COVID-19 risk. This study examined self-reported changes in cannabis use that US adults attributed to the pandemic and factors associated with any changes. We conducted a national, cross-sectional survey among US adults in August 2020. The analytic sample included 957 past-year cannabis users (Mage = 43 years old; 51% male). Weighted multinomial regression examined associations between forms and reasons of cannabis used, perceived addictiveness and safety, co-use of cannabis with tobacco/alcohol, state legalization, and the outcome (self-reported increase/decrease in cannabis use vs. no change). Overall, 14.8% reported decreasing cannabis use due to the pandemic, 16.1% reported increasing, and 65.4% reported not changing. Factors associated with increased cannabis use included past-year use of vaporized (AOR = 1.7, 95% CI = 1.0, 3.0) or edible cannabis (AOR = 2.4, CI = 1.3, 4.3), and simultaneous use of cannabis and tobacco (AOR = 2.6; CI = 1.4, 5.2). Young adults (18-29 years old) had higher odds of self-reporting both increased (AOR = 4.8; CI = 1.8, 13.1) and decreased use (AOR = 3.3; CI = 1.5, 7.5). The pandemic has had a mixed impact on cannabis use, with participants reporting both increased and decreased use. Efforts may target users of vaporized and edible cannabis, co-users of cannabis and tobacco, and young adults to prevent increased cannabis use during the pandemic.
Source: ncbi 2