A new study conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that smoking weed is the most preferred mode of consumption among those who use cannabis regularly. The National Institutes of Health also published the research findings.
The study researchers used data of more than 6,100 adults from twelve states in the U.S. who consume marijuana. Ninety-one percent of the participants said that they smoke marijuana on a regular basis, while 59% said that smoking was their only mode of consuming cannabis.
The study also found that 25% have used marijuana edibles, while only 20% have used marijuana vaporizers. It is quite shocking to realize that three fourths of marijuana consumers have never had a marijuana edible while four fifths have never used a vaporizer.
Five percent of the respondents said that they use marijuana edibles only, such that they have never smoked or vaped marijuana while 2% use vaporized cannabis exclusively.
The title of the study is “Modes of Marijuana Use: Smoking, Vaping, Eating, and Dabbing- Results from the 2016 BRFSS in 12 states.”
The frequency of different modes of marijuana consumption, such as vaping, smoking, edibles, and dabbing, and of multi-modal use has not been evaluated across multiple states and can be a useful source of information about prevention and education work, provided that certain modes of consumption are associated with specific public health risks. The study aimed to evaluate the frequency of different modalities reported of marijuana consumption among adults in 12 states.
The data that was evaluated during the study was collected from 12 different states with various marijuana policies. The study comprised of 6174 respondents who were 18 years and above. The respondents answered questions about the past month and their modes of marijuana consumption. The study used weighted frequencies for descriptive analyses, and logistic regression to identify correlates of multi-modal use.
The study found in the past one month, the frequency of consumption among adults in the 12 states was 9.1%, with the males at 12.0% while the females were at 6.3% consumption rates. Thirty-three percent reported having used different modes of marijuana consumption, while 90.1% said they smoked marijuana through either joints, blunts, bongs, and bowls. Those who exclusively smoked marijuana were 58.3%, while 24.5% reported having used a marijuana edible, and 4.5% used marijuana edibles exclusively, 19.4% used only cannabis vaping, while 2.1% vaped marijuana only. Those who use any form of dabbing were 14.5% (flash vaporization or inhalation of highly concentrated marijuana), and 0.4% used dabbing only. They also examined the correlates of multi-modal consumption.
The study concluded that consumption of cannabis through multiple modes is frequent and that the use of other methods of consumption (vaping, edibles, dabbing) other than smoking occurs in conjunction with different ways of consuming weed. There is an ongoing investigation on the methods of marijuana consumption and multi-modal use to educate the public.
This data is likely to give companies like Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM) a lot of food for thought because future trends are likely to be influenced by these preferences that marijuana consumers are exhibiting.
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