"In 2022, 22.0 percent of people aged 12 or older (or 61.9 million people) used marijuana in the past year regardless of mode (Figures 13 and 14 and Table A.5B). The percentage was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (38.2 percent or 13.3 million people), followed by adults aged 26 or older (20.6 percent or 45.7 million people), then by adolescents aged 12 to 17 (11.5 percent or 2.9 million people).
"Among people aged 12 or older in 2022 who used marijuana in the past year, the most common mode of marijuana use was smoking (78.4 percent or 48.3 million people), followed by eating or drinking (47.1 percent or 29.0 million people); vaping (36.7 percent or 22.7 million people); dabbing waxes, shatter, or concentrates (17.5 percent or 10.8 million people); applying lotion, cream, or patches to the skin (9.3 percent or 5.7 million people); putting drops, strips, lozenges, or sprays in the mouth or under the tongue (6.9 percent or 4.2 million people); taking pills (2.7 percent or 1.6 million people); and some other way (0.1 percent or 54,000 people) (Figure 16 and Table A.6B).20
"Smoking was the most common mode of marijuana use across age groups. Among people in 2022 who used marijuana in the past year, 85.9 percent of young adults aged 18 to 25, 76.6 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17, and 76.3 percent of adults aged 26 or older smoked marijuana.
"Other common modes of marijuana use in 2022 among past year marijuana users varied by age group. Among adolescents aged 12 to 17 who used marijuana in the past year, more than half (59.7 percent) vaped marijuana, followed by about one third (36.1 percent) who ate or drank marijuana, then by almost one quarter who dabbed waxes, shatter, or concentrates (23.3 percent). Among young adults aged 18 to 25 who used marijuana in the past year, about half ate or drank marijuana (50.2 percent) or vaped it (50.0 percent), followed by those who dabbed waxes, shatter, or concentrates (29.5 percent). Among adults aged 26 or older who were past year marijuana users, 46.9 percent ate or drank it, followed by 31.3 percent who vaped it, then by 13.7 percent who dabbed waxes, shatter, or concentrates. Other modes of marijuana use were less common across all three age groups."
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2023). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP23-07-01-006, NSDUH Series H-58). Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.