As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life, cannabis users are using more and more, and a larger percentage see price as an obstacle to buying cannabis products. According to preliminary results presented on Wednesday, 53% of those surveyed used cannabis to reduce drug use, and 49% used more cannabis. The survey of 346 subjects revealed a significant increase in cannabis use in the first three months of the outbreak, with 49% using more cannabis. The respondents found that cannabis was more effective in pain, anxiety, nausea, depression, insomnia, muscle spasms, and stress than alcohol or tobacco.
The survey started with an even distribution between men and women, with half of the respondents (174 people) aged 42 and 172 41 years old or younger. Of those, 73% were born in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Coronavirus effects were observed in the survey participants:
-12% showed symptoms of the virus.
-7% reported being infected with coronavirus.
-10% believed they had it but did not receive a test.
Among the younger respondents, 65% were concerned about contracting the virus, 45% about coping with the emotional impact of COVID, 36% had lost their jobs, and more than 70% said they were socially distant. The older half of the patients had 49% and 18% problems, respectively. More than 60% of those surveyed said they were nervous, compared with 30% in the oldest group.
A large proportion of respondents (38%) said that the pandemic hurt their cannabis use. Eighteen percent of those surveyed said they could not afford cannabis due to the effects of COVID (19 percent). During the pandemic, money was cited by 33% of respondents as an obstacle to the purchase of cannabis. A survey of more than 1,000 cannabis users in the United States showed no change in cannabis use before or after the pandemic and only slightly increased use after it.
Thirty percent of those surveyed said they grew cannabis at home, but that figure rose to 39 percent after COVID. After the pandemic outbreak, 17% started growing cannabis at home, and this proportion has since been increased to 37%.
Of those with an MJ card, 41% used cannabis once in the last 12 months, compared to 35% before the outbreak of COVID. They also ordered from Cannabis delivery services like Mary Daze in Southern California.
Among older people, 53% have a health card, and 69% use it for anxiety, and for those with anxiety disorders, the study runs until 2021. The best application method for the respondents was smoking the flower, followed by edible food and vapor.
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