The CDC study is of particular interest because the DEA just reaffirmed its prohibition of cannabis extracts, maintaining the position that it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
In 2014, after Colorado legalized the recreational use of cannabis, we began hearing that teen use was declining – contrary to prohibitionist propaganda. Real-world data were beginning to prove that the black market, created through government prohibition, is a prime driver of negativites associated with drugs.
Another study performed by Washington University School of Medicine, published in May of this year, found that teen use of cannabis has significantly decreased as states legalize cannabis. This is good news, as the abuse of any psychoactive cannabis extracts drug, even the relatively benign cannabis plant, can harm the developing adolescent brain. However, the controlled application of medical cannabis extracts such as CBD oil has profound benefits for debilitating conditions such as epilepsy.
Now, the government’s own research has confirmed that teen cannabis use has fallen dramatically since the legalization movement began picking up steam with the turn of the century. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analyzed data from 2002-2014 and found that access to cannabis among teens has dropped as the black market declines.
“In addition, despite increased perceptions of cannabis extracts no risk from smoking marijuana, obtaining marijuana nationally remains more difficult for persons aged 12−17 years than for those aged ≥18, which could explain the lower prevalence of marijuana use and initiation in this age group. In fact, since 2002 the perceived availability (i.e., fairly easy or very easy to obtain marijuana) among persons aged 12–17 and 18–25 years has decreased.”