Study: Smoking Still Remains Cannabis Consumers’ Preferred Method of Ingestion

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Although there is a wide range of options for ingesting marijuana on the market, and it seems the methods of intake continue to expand, a new report says the most traditional method of smoking remains the preferred form of ingestion.

In a report published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, investigators analyzed the reasons for use and the method of ingestion for self-reported marijuana users over the age of 18. Of those who partook in the survey and reported current marijuana use, 10.5 percent reported using exclusively for medicinal purposes, 53.4 percent reported exclusively recreational use, and 36.1 percent reported both medical and recreational use. The use of combustible smoking vehicles was the most popular method of intake for current users, with 49.5 percent choosing a bowl or pipe and 49.2 percent choosing a joint. The other vehicles included bongs, water pipes, or hookahs at 21.7 percent, blunts at 20.3 percent, edibles or drinks at 16.1 percent, and vaporizers at 7.1 percent.

While this report points to smoking marijuana as the most popular form of intake, we at CannaBest Medical hope to see other methods like vaporization gain in popularity among medical marijuana users, as it has less of a harmful effect on the lungs but it still delivers desired symptom relief. For a more in depth look at this report, you can read the Daily Chronic's summary or you can access the report "Toking, Vaping, and Eating for Health or Fun," on the American Journal of Preventative Medicine website.