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.