Of the 35% of Americans who reported using cannabis in 2014, the study shows that smoking weed is by far the most prevalent form of consumption.
A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, waterpipes, or hookahs (49%) or bowls or pipes (48%), and one-fourth (25%) smoked marijuana in blunts.
These numbers could indicate that cannabis is still more widely used for recreational purposes than for medical reasons since smoking cannabis is not typically the preferred method for ingesting marijuana for medical use.
That’s where edibles come in, and the CeSAR study shows that about 30% of people who used cannabis in 2014 consumed it in some kind of edible form.
Only about 10% of users had consumed cannabis through a cannabinoid vaporization device, or “vape.”
So the breakdown of the 6 most popular ways to smoke looks like this:
- Joint (89%)
- Bong, Waterpipe, Hookah (49%)
- Bowl or Pipe (48%)
- Edible or Drink (30%)
- Blunt (25%)
- Vaporizer or Electronic Device (10%)
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Of course, the percentages here add up to more than 100%, and that’s because of the Americans who reported using cannabis in 2014, many — in fact, 44% — reported using more than one mode of consuming pot.
Using more than one method to get stoned was actually more popular than using just one way. Turns out marijuana users like to consume it a few different ways.
And besides showing us the habits and preferences of American cannabis users, these numbers also indicate trends across the nation that budding cannabis companies and medical providers can use to best reach different demographics.
The numbers can also provide insight into public health-related issues, especially as marijuana becomes more and more legal across the U.S.
According to the researchers’ conclusions,“changing state policies related to marijuana use may lead to changes in the mode of use or reason for use, which could impact individual- and population-level health. Ongoing and improved surveillance systems that collect more-detailed information about patterns of marijuana use, including mode of and reasons for use, are important for enhancing understanding of the health consequences of marijuana use and public health planning”