Why Do People Use Cannabis? Survey Finds Relaxation, Stress and Anxiety Relief

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Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

There are many reasons someone may choose to incorporate cannabis into his or her daily routines, whether it be to relieve symptoms associated with specific conditions or whether it be to improve ones overall quality of life. A 2017 survey from Frontier Data and involving the majority of respondents (55%) used cannabis to relax. Another 40% used cannabis to help with stress or increase the enjoyment of social experiences. Thirty-nine percent of respondents also claimed to use cannabis to reduce anxiety. These responses are backed up by numerous studies and reports that have determined non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) has anxiolytic effects. About 29% percent of respondents claimed to use cannabis as a sleep aid, while 26% used cannabis to manage pain, 16% used it to stimulate creativity, and 15% used it for a specific medical condition. 

Gender also played an interesting factor in the responses, and women were found to be more likely to use cannabis for popular medicinal benefits. Women were 16% more likely to cite using cannabis for anxiety, 10% more likely to use it for sleep, 7% more likely to use it as a stress reliever, 8% more likely to use it for pain management, and 8% more likely to use it to suppress nausea. This study was conducted in partnership with MassRoots, whose CEO Isaac Dietrich explained, “Over the past three years, we’ve built a community of over a million of the world’s most passionate cannabis consumers. In conjunction with New Frontier Data, we’re releasing the first cannabis consumer sentiment report, which will analyze the hundreds of millions of anonymized data points surrounding cannabis purchasing decisions.”

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.