A pair of new surveys show that more than 40% of cannabis users are consuming more during the pandemic than before, including professionals.
A survey from New Frontier Data revealed that, overall, 42% of cannabis consumers say their use has increased through the pandemic, with another 43% reporting no increase in consumption. The 18-34 demographic saw the largest increase in consumption.
The group most likely to report increased consumption were parents living with children under age 18, more than half (56%) of whom reported increased use, compared to 39% of those without children, and 25% of those with adult children.
Additionally, flower remains the most popular form.
A survey from SoapBoxSample showed that 46% of professionals who use cannabis reported an increase in consumption during the pandemic, though 61% of that group expects use to drop when it ends.
Two main factors are contributing to the trend: convenience and availability, and the need for emotional support and stress relief during the pandemic.
Respondents reported experiencing different benefits of consuming cannabis depending on the time of day it was consumed. Before work, some respondents said it helps with getting or staying motivated (35%) or controlling anxiety (35%). During work, cannabis helps the time go faster (37%) and aids in concentration and focus (36%). After work, cannabis helps to relax and unwind (69%) and manage stress (61%).
However, other respondents reported downsides to consuming cannabis, particularly during work, including laziness (27%) or having more difficulty concentrating (38%). After work, cannabis can cause sleepiness (36%) and lead to overeating or snacking (36%).