The legalization of recreational marijuana in multiple states in the U.S. has increased the simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis, a new study shows. Currently, 21 states in the U.S. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, with Missouri being the latest to do so. Washington D.C. and Guam also have cannabis-friendly policies.
The study, which was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine defines “simultaneous use” as “using both substances within a short time interval so that their effects overlap.”
A cocktail of alcohol and marijuana may cause alcohol abuse disorders. The use of these substances also indicates impaired judgment as more than 40 percent of users said they drive when intoxicated, The Hill reported.
Simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana “has a greater risk of potential negative consequences than single-substance use and is more common in younger age,” the researchers noted.
For this study, researchers used a deep data set collected between 2008 and 2019 for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It included more than 817,359 participants, all of whom were reportedly older than 12 years of age.
Researchers found that simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana saw an uptick of about 2% in people aged between 21 and 50. However, it was unchanged for individuals aged between 12 and 20.
Researcher Silvia Martins connected the simultaneous use with the increased availability of cannabis products. “The greater availability and opportunity…