News flash: teens like vaping weed. Bigger news flash: almost twice as many of them liked it in 2019 than they did in 2018.

That’s in spite of the fact that in 2019, people started reporting scary, sometimes fatal respiratory illnesses from vaping. Or maybe it’s because of it. Who knows? These crazy kids, amiright?

In a surveyconducted this year, 14% of high school seniors said they had vaped weed in the last 30 days. In 2018, that number was only 7.5%. That represents a whopping 86% increase. And weed vaping was already on the rise. Between 2017 and 2018, that number shot up from 5% to 7.5%.

The Monitoring the Future Survey also looks at 8th and 10th graders, and found that both age groups have become more and more partial to enjoying a little vaporized cannabis.

In 2017, 1.6% of 8th graders were hitting the vape pen. By 2019, that had almost doubled to 3.9%. In that same period, the number of 10th graders vaping weed spiked from 4.3% to 12.6%. The figures were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Incredibly, this is not only a significant bump in the relatively short history of vaping, but a landmark in the history of drug use itself. The JAMA study reports that the”absolute increases from 2018 to 2019 among 12th graders for past 30-day use are the second largest, single-year increases ever tracked by Monitoring the Future for any substance in its 45-year history.”

There must be a whole lot of money flowing into cannabis research right now, because  this study is only one of two reports on teen vaping published in JAMA this week. The secondfound that more and more teenagers are putting weed cartridges in their e-cigarettes.

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Natalie