Poll of the Day: Flowers and Bud vs Hash, Oil, and Shatter

Polls are in…Classic is Still King

Our most recent Twitter poll asked what your preference is for consuming cannabis. While concentrates are showing huge growth in sales, cannabis is still being consumed in its original form. 76% of respondents chose bud versus only 16% for concentrates. Not so surprisingly, edibles came in last at 8%; even though they’ve been available for years as a viable alternative to smoking marijuana, made popular in pop culture, edibles just have a way of being unpleasant too often. The common complaint is either feeling nothing or being too high.

Insights and Interpretations

Its very possible that increased penalties for concentrate production and possession have deterred many from exploring hash and oil for their marijuana consumption. Even in states with legalized or decriminalized marijuana, concentrates receive more scrutiny. Often this scrutiny comes from the perceived increase in danger from producing concentrated cannabis. Explosions have a knack for making an impact on how dangerous you think something is. But this is primarily tied to butane based hash oils. Many other solventless and butane-less methods for creating concentrates have arisen. Check out the First Timer’s experience with Rosin to hear more about it.

On the legal front however, Cannabis Cup 2016 literally shoved concentrates in our face. I had trouble finding classic bud at Cannabis Cup. Concentrates were the preferred method for what seemed like everyone. Given this kind of popularity and prevalence (shops were judged by their oil, not their eighths), its clear that our poll’s results are more a reflection of the current illegal status for marijuana in over half the country. If we polled only legal states, we would see the trend moving in favor of concentrates.

More Data is Needed

The marijuana industry and community face huge information gaps on a daily basis when it comes to their customers and preferences. Cannalytics is making huge strides towards closing these gaps. For example, we can build on today’s poll results by finding out how results vary by state, city, age, and time. The Cannalytics Panel is a forum for sharing your opinions and helping the community understand what matters when it comes to marijuana. The data we gather will help propel marijuana reform and provide the community with the change they demand.



Massachusetts needs our help!

Split Decision

This 2016 election for Massachusetts will ask the state to regulate marijuana. The official initiative is called the Massachusetts Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Initiative (2016). While polls had generally favored legalization dating back to 2014, the most recent poll found a 46 to 43% edge opposing marijuana legalization.

Time to Take Action

These are the moments where Cannalytics not only urges you to go out and vote, but to do more and go beyond the election booth. Take your one vote and add to that the many votes your voice is capable of influencing. At Cannalytics we know how powerful freedom of speech can be and thats why we are building the 2016 Voter Panel. Strength in numbers is true in sports, the battlefield, and when it comes to marijuana reform.



Global Marijuana March

Marching for Cannabis

This march goes by many names, and is often called the Million Marijuana March. But whatever you call it, the millions marching are a testament to marijuana’s reach throughout the world. Cannalytics wrote recently on different ways you can contribute to marijuana reform, outside of protesting on the streets. This march is well on its way to penetrating 1,000 cities and 100 countries, each representing marijuana and the community’s passion in different ways.

The march makes an impact across the globe. To some, the sheer size of the community is shocking. For others, the diversity of the participants combined with their happiness and togetherness shows the positive effect marijuana has on people’s interactions. Whether you are having fun or more deeply tied to a political agenda, those marching are doing their part to progress marijuana reform.

Cannalytics salutes you!

What to do if you missed the march?

It’ll be back next year! Until then, Cannalytics is here to make sure your voice is heard. We’re marching digitally, by finding willing participants willing to share their opinion for projects like our 2016 Voter Panel. We share the same end goal as the Million Marijuana March, and that is for marijuana to be fully accepted worldwide. Too many are prosecuted every year for marijuana related offenses; too much money is spent policing marijuana; theres too much pharmaceutical abuse; alcohol is more damaging but somehow legal; prisons are overcrowded; significant health benefits are being ignored. Many feel strongly about these statements, but how many have made their opinion known? Far too few. Cannalytics is here to change that by creating an easy way for your voice to be heard.



Congratulations to Pennsylvania for Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Congratulations Pennsylvania!

The Quaker State legalized Medical Marijuana on April 17th. As the 24th state to legalize marijuana, this is a tremendous step for Pennsylvania and the nation. It puts the 50% mark in arm’s reach for US states (plus DC!) that have legalized marijuana in some form. This will be more than a boon for the Keystone State. This decision will fuel change in society’s perception of marijuana and be a tipping point in the ongoing discussion around national reform. Together we can help bring the success of the Oil state (Pennsylvania’s nickname even before marijuana legalization…google it) to the nation at large and move beyond a discussion to progress. For starters we could remove marijuana’s schedule I drug travesty.

Make sure to congratulate those you know in Pennsylvania for doing their part for marijuana reform. Check out more news on Pennsylvania here.

How you can get involved

Many of your fellow Americans and those across the world still face severe penalties for marijuana possession. You can help these people overcome their state’s obstacles. Even if your state has legalized marijuana, you can still help drive change for others and yourself. Join the Cannalytics Panel to share your voice and make a difference.



Cannalytics Alternatives to Protesting for Marijuana Reform

Protesting for Cannabis

On 4/2/2016, protesters consumed marijuana in front of the White House, in a message dubbed ‘Reschedule 420″ by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign. You can find out more by reading the US News report.

This type of unified message is sure to send a message to the White House and President Barack Obama. Too many are penalized for consuming marijuana each year in America, costing much more than billions in taxes and court costs. Innocent American lives are being ruined; productive contributing members of society are being put in jail for marijuana possession each year. Rescheduling marijuana to avoid these harsh penalties is a win-win situation for all of America.

Cannalytics as an Alternative

Cannalytics provides another way to participate in a unified message that will be heard across America. By joining the 2016 Voter Panel, your voice will reach the ears of politicians, the media, and businesses. We know that not everyone has the physical ability or time to march and smoke in front of the White House. But by providing minutes of your time and sharing your opinions and thoughts, you can make a difference just like those smoking in Washington DC.

Cannalytics Spotlight: PrestoDoctor

Cannalytics Spotlight

Cannalytics is working to shape the future of the cannabis industry by driving momentum for canna-businesses. Marijuana innovation, technology, and entrepreneurialism are huge parts of the future of the cannabis industry. With marijuana sales expected to hit $23 Billion in four years, theres plenty of room for startups and entrepreneurs to flourish. The Cannalytics Spotlight is our way of highlighting innovation in the cannabis industry. Whether you’re growing marijuana, creating point of sale (POS) systems, inventing new lab equipment, or providing businesses valuable services, your innovation is necessary to maintain the momentum and growth the cannabis industry has experienced. We’ll highlight companies who have applied proven business models from other industries as well as fresh startup ideas. If you have a great canna-business, Cannalytics wants to hear all about it.

PrestoDoctor

Our first spotlight shines on PrestoDoctor. PrestoDoctor has innovated on medical marijuana evaluations by elegantly combining emerging technology and the privacy of the internet. We were happy to dig into their business and write up our thoughts on the service and how it’s helping the cannabis industry. As you’ll find, online medical marijuana evaluations are a breeze with PrestoDoctor. Sign up, set a time, talk to a doctor, never leave your couch, Presto!

Read more here: PrestoDoctor and Cannalytics: Doctors + Data!

Analysis

Heres a few thoughts on the PrestoDoctor business model. They’ve found a way to lower costs and improve supply, while improving the customer experience. They conquered the most expensive parts of running a marijuana evaluation clinic: the real estate and the doctor’s costs. Most doctors do not provide marijuana recommendations as their sole job. Many work full-time jobs and are looking for a second source of income. PrestoDoctor’s service allows doctors the flexibility to set their schedules, work off hours, and earn income without needing their own practice or clinic, making it easier for more doctors to participate.

PrestoDoctor’s online platform lets them scale their doctor list and create supply stability. By providing this flexibility, doctors are willing to provide their services at a lower rate. And without expensive real estate to evaluate patients, even more costs are saved.

These are all components of a successful business model. Let PrestoDoctor be an inspiration to other cannabis entrepreneurs.

Poll: Marijuana Consumer Pricing Preferences Revealed

Cannalytic of the Day

Cannalytics has been hard at work preparing for the 2016 Voter Panel and needed clarity on how to frame marijuana pricing. We decided to quit debating and let the people’s voice guide us! We distributed this Cannalytic of the Day from March 22nd to March 28th and received over 420 votes. The polls are now closed and the results are in! We found that marijuana pricing varies significantly. While pricing by the gram came out on top, it only garnered about one third of the votes. Pricing by the 1/4 ounce (seven grams) had the lowest share of votes at 18%.

Full Results Breakdown

Analysis

The results of our poll showed that there’s no single way to price marijuana as it relates to weight. And what’s more interesting, all four options were close with not one choice dominating another.

Why is this? Are these consumers living in states where cannabis is legal, making it easier to buy in smaller quantities? What about those that live in states where it’s not medically or recreationally legal? Are they buying in larger quantities because of the lack of access?

Let’s think about it. Consumers living in states where marijuana is legal have consistent and reliable access to dispensaries. Economics are also in favor of these consumers. As cannabis legalizes, the market gets saturated and drives prices down. Dispensaries offer daily promotions to incentivize their customers. This combination allows these buyers to consistently find deals on grams and 1/8ths. They also don’t have to worry about a dealer’s availability or running out. Instead they can focus on purchasing in smaller quantities to keep their marijuana fresh.

Consumers in states where cannabis is not recreationally or medicinally legal instead have to consider the risk involved with purchasing and transporting marijuana. They also run the risk of a dealer not being available or running out. To protect against these, consumers make purchases less often, and when they do, they buy ounces instead of grams or eighths. After all, no one wants to run out of weed only to find out your dealer is on vacation.

Next steps

While there are many insights to be taken from this poll, it also opens many avenues to further explore. Examples include how pricing preferences vary by region and the relationship between freshness and price. Cannalytics models price elasticity and marijuana consumers’ indifference curves. These models are some of the ways Cannalytics helps businesses understand what products and promotions resonate with their customers.

Cannalytic of the day polls are used to illuminate what matters to consumers and provide the foundation for the analytics driving a successful marijuana industry. If you want to get more involved and share your voice, sign up here!

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Poll Alert! – How do you buy cannabis? 420+ votes

Cannalytic of the Day

Cannalytics is proud to announce our recent Cannalytic of the Day! How do you buy cannabis? has surpassed 420 responses which is not only weed-tastic, but statistically significant.

The polls are open for another hour so get your answer in before they close. Its been a hotly contested race, but per gram and per ounce are edging out 1/8ths. Who will take home the distinction of the most common way marijuana consumers think about cannabis prices?

FDA Approval for Marijuana – Is it Necessary?

Why we don’t need the FDA to approve marjiuana as a safe #medicine

Western medicine, namely pharmaceuticals, has advanced in a revolutionary way, curing diseases that were once a death sentence. But the prevalence of pharmaceuticals has also made Americans dependent. And this is just what Big Pharma intended.  Our expectation of pharmaceuticals is to cure anything and everything. It’s often the first thing we consider, even for the common cold. This expectation has stopped us from considering natural ways to treat ailments. Knowledge of natural solutions was often passed on by our grandparents to our parents, but these traditions are dying off as generations have passed. It often feels like natural cures are fables, fairytales, and simply not effective.

Enter cannabis: the newly glorified “magic” medicine. But there’s a common misconception about cannabis. In a recent interview, the CEO of a local coalition for a Drug-Free community says “We [US federal government] can’t really call marijuana medicine. It’s not a legitimate medicine,” she says.

Why don’t we clear this up.

Out of the 85 active compounds in cannabis, two have garnered the majority of public and scientific attention for their health benefits: 1. THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gets you high or “stoned”, is also used medicinally to treat many ailments including asthma, PTSD, and as an appetite suppressant.  2. CBD, often linked to a “body” high, is a highly therapeutic form of cannabis that is stealing THC’s spotlight with a long-list of non-psychoactive products and strains.

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That should be enough, right? No. The CEO continues to say she’s not opposed to certain components of pot being used to treat illnesses, if those parts of the plant undergo Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing. But why should we trust the FDA to approve our medicine?

The FDA has had plenty of disastrous drug recalls.  Many drugs the FDA blessed were sold legally for decades, creating billions of dollars in damages for Big Pharma and the FDA. Fen-Phen, one of the worst FDA recalls of all time, was approved despite the FDA’s medical officer refusing to approve the drug without a black box warning for pulmonary hypertension risks. So how did it get approved? FDA management had someone else sign it and approved the drug without the warning. It’s hard to imagine the FDA has our best interests at heart with such evidence.

According to Death by Medicine, over 783,000 people die annually from conventional medicine whereas marijuana has yet to directly cause even one death.

At Cannalytics, we strongly believe in research and testing to better understand the full medical benefits of marijuana, we just don’t need to wait for the FDA to tell us it’s safe.  We can rely on thousands of years of safe and effective.

Painkiller deaths down 25% in Legal Cannabis States

Medical Marijuana Health Benefits

This study examines the relationship between medical marijuana laws and painkiller deaths.  These opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone, are known to be highly addictive and a major problem for public health due to their high propensity for overdose and abuse. The study finds that states with legalized medical marijuana have 25% lower mortality rates than states that haven’t accepted cannabis medicinally.  This is another example of the broad health benefits of medical marijuana.

Impact on Marijuana Legalization

The results of this study are another great step forward for marijuana proponents.  These benefits go beyond the medical benefits marijuana can have for an individual patient, such as relief from pain, anxiety, and insomnia.  This also shows that states with legal medical marijuana are taking a progressive and more proactive approach towards drugs and addiction treatment.  While doctors aren’t substituting painkiller prescriptions for marijuana just yet, this study helps bring the success states are having with marijuana legalization to the national spotlight. This also underscores the importance of increased marijuana funding and research.

Heres a link to the study details.

What do you think is the primary reason mortality rates are lower in states with legalized medical cannabis?