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COVID-19 Impacts on Weed-smoking Habits


— April 20, 2020

AmericanMarijuana.org asked 1,017 U.S. cannabis consumers to share their experience on how COVID-19 has changed their weed-smoking habits as well as how their families and friends feel about the fact that they’re still smoking weed these days.


The official number of coronavirus cases worldwide as of April 15, 2020, 10:46 GMT had just hit over 2 million (2,014,009). With the U.S. being the epicenter of COVID-19 cases (614,246), lives have changed.

AmericanMarijuana.org asked 1,017 U.S. cannabis consumers to share their experience on how COVID-19 has changed their weed-smoking habits as well as how their families and friends feel about the fact that they’re still smoking weed these days.

Participants were asked if smoking weed will make them more susceptible to coronavirus. Out of 1017 survey takers, 144 revealed that they have lung problems, while the other 873 said they don’t.

Major Takeaways:

  1. 54.35% of participants with lung problems agreed that smoking weed will make them more susceptible to coronavirus whereas only 34.47% of participants without lung problems think so.
  2. 45.65% of participants with lung problems and 65.53% of participants without lung problems don’t think smoking weed will make them more susceptible to coronavirus.

Participants were also asked since the COVID-19 outbreak, have you smoked more weed?

Major Takeaways:

  1. It’s natural to see that 29.28% of the participants have smoked more weed since the COVID-19 outbreak due to the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic, but it’s even more surprising to see 5.70% quit smoking weed.
  2. While the majority (38.52%) of the 1017 U.S. weed smokers consumed the same amount even after the COVID-19 outbreak, only 26.50% had smoked less weed.

Please click on the graphic below to be taken to the full article.

Chart depicting percentage of weed smokers concerned with their use making them more susceptible to Coronavirus; courtesy of author.
Chart depicting percentage of weed smokers concerned with their use making them more susceptible to Coronavirus; courtesy of author.

Methodology

We launched the survey on MTurk. To make sure the participants are U.S weed smokers, we do two things:

  1. Set qualification for the participant location as U.S only.
  2. Set a qualifying question at the beginning of the survey. In this case, the qualifying question is “Do you smoke weed?”, those who answered “No” will be disqualified and can not complete the survey.
We also have an attention-check question in the middle of the survey to ensure participants do not randomly answer the survey.

Because the survey relies on self-reporting, issues such as telescoping and exaggeration can influence responses. Please also be advised that this survey’s results do not reflect our opinions.

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