Sorry, Stoners: Most Cannabis Users Do So For Health And Wellness, Says New Study

One of the biggest misconceptions that continues to plague the cannabis community is that most users are habitual stoners. However, a new study is dispelling that old myth. Its most telling finding is that an overwhelming majority (91%) of adults 21 years old and over, consume cannabis for health and wellness purposes. Also, 75% said they would prefer holistic solutions over pharmaceuticals to treat a medical issue when possible, with 62% of people saying they would prefer to use cannabis rather than pharmaceuticals to treat a medical issue.

According to the survey conducted by the The Harris Poll on behalf of cannabis company Curaleaf, the top health and wellness reasons Americans have consumed cannabis include: to relax (52%); to help with sleep (49%); to reduce stress (44%); and to reduce anxiety (41%)

Heres’s another interesting takeaway: 88% of those who have consumed cannabis as an alternative and/or in addition to pharmaceutical treatments feel that doing so has improved their overall well-being. Moreover, 86% of those who have used cannabis for health or wellness would recommend cannabis to a friend or family member for medical reasons.

The survey’s findings show how mainstream cannabis consumption has become in the U.S. As more states continue to legalize medical and adult-use markets, practitioners feel this pervasive acceptance is critical to removing the historical stigma that has surrounded the plant and its users.

“There are a wide variety of ways to consume cannabis safely, and many formulations actually have minimal intoxicating effects,” said Dr. Stacia Woodcock, clinical cannabis pharmacist for Curaleaf New York, in a public statement. “Different product options with various ratios of THC and CBD give patients the opportunity to consume cannabis in a way that works with their lifestyle and comfort level.”

Almost 2,000 adult Americans were polled.

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