According to a new survey that was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., 42% of adults aged 21+ who have ever consumed cannabis
have started or increased their consumption since the beginning of the pandemic.
The survey was conducted online in October 2020 among nearly 2,000 U.S. adults aged 21+ and found that the main reasons many Americans have chosen to start or increase their cannabis consumption since the pandemic are:
to reduce stress and anxiety (54%; women (64%) and men (47%))
to relax (50%; women (50%) and men (49%))
to help them sleep (48%; women (52%) and men (45%))
The survey additionally found that over half of parents with children under 18 (57%) who have ever consumed cannabis have reduced or replaced their alcohol consumption with cannabis since the start of the pandemic.
Among all adult cannabis consumers aged 21+, 45% say they have reduced or replaced their alcohol consumption with cannabis, and one-third (33%) of those who consume cannabis for adult use say they prefer cannabis to alcohol.
“Educating consumers around cannabis consumption is so important,” said Stacia Woodcock, PharmD and Dispensary Manager for Curaleaf in New York.
“Curaleaf’s pharmacists and committed dispensary associates make it a priority to educate our patients and consumers and help them find the right products to make cannabis a part of their lives.”
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in new consumers at our dispensaries with more people exploring cannabis,” said Joe Bayern, President of Curaleaf. “The liberalization of the plant — and the increasing diversity among consumers who enjoy it — will continue as the general public become more interested in incorporating cannabis into their health and wellness routines.”