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Cannabis Consumers Are Happy Campers
Cannabis Wellness Trends™
Public support for cannabis legalization is stronger today than ever before, yet the “stoner” stereotype — apathetic, unsuccessful, flaky — persists.
But not, we believe, for much longer. Cannabis consumers, it turns out, are among the most well-adjusted and successful of American adults, based on results from BDS Analytics’ landmark cannabis consumer research study, the first of its kind in history. The ongoing study is the most comprehensive and detailed look at cannabis consumers ever conducted.
UPDATE: Learn how Consumers in 2018 are enjoying their cannabis. Click here.
One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the overall healthy well-being of cannabis Consumers (people who consume cannabis), when compared to Acceptors (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and Rejecters (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it).
Among the findings, Cannabis Consumers are: (Find our infographic below!)
Accomplished Personally and Professionally
- Average annual household income among California Consumers is $93,800, compared to $72,800 for Acceptors and $75,900 for Rejecters.
- The percentage of people holding master’s degrees among California Consumers is 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for Acceptors and 12 percent for Rejecters.
- Full-time employment is enjoyed by 64 percent of Colorado Consumers, compared to 51 percent of Acceptors and 54 percent of Rejecters.
Satisfied with Life
- Nearly five in 10 Colorado Consumers agree they are more satisfied with life today than they were a year ago, compared to about four in 10 among Acceptors and Rejecters.
Parents Raising Families
- Cannabis Consumers are the most likely segment to be parents in California: 64 percent of Consumers are parents, compared to 60 percent of Acceptors and 55 percent of Rejecters.
- In addition, Consumers in California are significantly more likely to have children ages 10 years or younger at home — 37 percent of Consumers compared to 23 percent of Acceptors and 11 percent of Rejecters
Active Socially and Creatively
- Among Colorado Consumers, 36 percent agree they are very social people, compared to 21 percent for Acceptors and 28 percent for Rejecters.
- Acceptors in Colorado were more likely to enjoy the fine arts and describe themselves as creative.
Enjoy the Outdoors
- When compared to Rejecters, Consumers in both Colorado and California say they enjoy outdoor recreation at a higher rate — 50 percent for Colorado Consumers compared to 36 percent for Colorado Rejecters, and 57 percent for California Consumers compared to 26 percent for California Rejecters.
Nurturing and Volunteers
- In California, 60 percent of Consumers agree that they are nurturing people, compared to 41 percent of Rejecters. Also, 38 percent of Consumers say they volunteer their time to help others, compared to 25 percent of Rejecters.
The study includes a wealth of additional data that support the portrait of the cannabis consumer as, in general, more content with life and well-adjusted in society than those who steer clear of cannabis.
“Cannabis consumers are far removed from the caricatures historically used to describe them,” said Linda Gilbert, head of the consumer research division at BDS Analytics. “In fact, positive lifestyle indicators like volunteering, socializing, satisfaction with life and enjoyment of exercise and the outdoors are highest among cannabis consumers, at least in Colorado and California.”
The consumer research division is examining the diversity of the cannabis consumer market, consumption practices, attitudes and lifestyles. It looks closely at exactly who is buying cannabis; for what reasons they are smoking leaf or concentrates, nibbling on sativa gummy candies, or rubbing CBD-rich lotions onto aching elbows; and how they arrive upon their consumption and shopping decisions.
A wide range of consumer profiles and behaviors are being revealed through the research, touching upon everything from how cannabis use affects alcohol consumption to different ways it is being used to manage medical conditions, improve quality of life, and even enhance sexual experience.
A synopsis of this report is available to members of the media. Please contact Doug Brown for more information. If you are interested in purchasing the full study, or if you have questions for Linda visit our Consumer Research Division page.
About BDS Analytics
BDS Analytics is a center of knowledge and market research with expertise in the current legal cannabis market, where it’s been, and where it's headed. We collect, process, and present point of sale market share and consumer survey data for businesses in or impacted by the cannabis industry. BDS Analytics can show you what is selling, who is buying, how the industry is performing, and what it means to your business with the hard data needed to support business decisions.