Study Finds Cannabis Consumers Exercise More Than Non-Consumers

Study Finds Cannabis Consumers Exercise More Than Non-Consumers

A lot has changed since California legalized weed. Not only is the number of people who smoke marijuana increasing, but our understanding of ‘typical weed smoker’ is growing. Cannabis research firm BDS Analytics surveyed Californians at the start of 2017, and again in 2018. They learned a lot about marijuana consumers and non-consumers, some of which surprised them. For example, most people wouldn’t assume more than non-consumers are exercised by cannabis consumers. A closer look at the data illustrates individuals who consume marijuana really exercise and work more than those who don’t.

First off, Who Consumes Marijuana In California?

The demographics of that smoked marijuana initially may not be all that surprising. However, marijuana use has changed over the course of a single year. The study looked at in 2018 and 2017.

The average marijuana user, meaning someone that had swallowed cannabinoids within six months of this survey, is 39-years-old. What’s more, the study split Californians to acceptors and rejectors. The distinction between consumers and acceptors is that acceptors had not used marijuana within six months, but they were available to it.

It may not come as a surprise that the average acceptor is 49-years-old, ten years older than the average consumer. The normal rejector is 56-years-old. Younger people consume more marijuana and are more tolerant of people who do than older demographics.

In general, marijuana usage jumped from 23 percent of Californians to 29 percent. Though this seems small, bear in mind that these changes occurred over less than a year. Also, nearly 40 million people reside in California. A few percentage points over a year is a sign of significant market expansion.

The demographics of marijuana use are changing–fast. Some may stereotype the normal bud smoker as a millennial city dweller. This perception is inaccurate.

In the first survey, 63 percent of marijuana consumers resided in towns. In 2018, this number went way down, all the way to 45 percent.

BDS Analytics’ managing director of consumer insights Linda Gilbert explains that these demographics have a lot to do with accessibility.   “in the event that you didn’t live in a town back in 2017, it was probably pretty inconvenient for you to go to a dispensary,” Gilbert told Forbes.

Marijuana Consumers Exercise More Than Non-Consumers

This was the largest stereotype which BDS’s study invalidated. Overal, 43 percent of them answered they work out outdoors multiple times weekly. Acceptors admitted to 35 percent of weekly outside action.

Maybe this is because weed pairs perfectly with the wonderful outdoors? True, but the study also found that marijuana users exercised more indoors, also. Once a week, 40 percent exercise in a gym, compared to just 30 and 27 percent of acceptors and rejectors, respectively.

Naturally, cannabis consumers did more yoga and pilates, also.

Exercise isn’t the only way that marijuana users are busting stereotypes; A much higher percentage also had fulltime jobs. The study found that, in 2018, 53 percent had fulltime employment. This corresponded to an income of $70,000 per year, normally.

Marijuana Consumption Is Increasingly Apart of Daily Life

This is particularly true for young Californians. Of course, age had an impact on the survey: Individuals who are older may have more trouble exercising and generational attitudes towards fitness may differ.

But hopefully, once and for all, this study will debunk the cultural myth which smoking bud means you’re idle. With 29 percent of California using marijuana, which equates to well over 11 million people, it’s impossible for these stereotypes regarding marijuana users–and what the herb can do to you–to be authentic.

Released at Mon, 21 May 2018 14:49:39 +0000

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