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New US survey indicates almost 57 per cent of cannabis smokers expect to light up during the festive season to help calm down.

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Dec 15, 2021December 15, 20214 minutes read Join the conversation The financial and social stress associated with the holiday, noted by 56.5 per cent of those surveyed, was the most common explanation for increasing consumption.  / The financial and social stress associated with the holiday, noted by 56.5 per cent of those surveyed, was the most common explanation for increasing consumption. / Photo by triocean / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Almost seven in 10 surveyed cannabis consumers in the US expect to turn to weed this holiday season to boost cheer and tamp down the stress that regularly accompanies the season.

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CBD Oracle, a cannabis consumer research company, wanted to find out exactly how the coming season would influence marijuana users’ consumption. Gathering input from 1,925 US adults who had consumed cannabis at least once before, the company learned that 68.7 per cent of respondents expect to “use more over the holiday period, largely to help manage holiday stress.” The poll conducted through Pollfish involved respondents 21 and older.

“Interestingly, the increase in cannabis use over the holidays is more down to men than women, with just 54.4 per cent of women saying their use increases,” note the survey findings.

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The financial and social stress associated with the holiday, noted by 56.5 per cent of those surveyed, was the most common explanation for increasing consumption, notes a statement from the company. The next two most popular reasons were to help with sleep (45.3 per cent) and to improve mood/cope with depression (44.7 per cent). Additionally, 42 per cent of respondents cited pain relief and just over 40 per cent said they used cannabis to improve general health and wellness.

Again, there is a gender divide at this point. “Contrary to expectations, women were actually less likely to cite managing holiday stress as the reason for using cannabis over the holidays, with just 47.3 per cent responding in this way compared to 62.9 per cent of men,” the survey findings note.

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But not only do most respondents plan to consume more cannabis, 47.8 per cent expected to have way more, 20.9 per cent a little more, 20.4 per cent about the same amount and 11 per cent a little less.

Canadian poll shows stressed young people using more cannabis

In the wake of the seemingly never-ending pandemic, new survey results out of Canada show young people aged 16 to 24 are reporting higher levels of anxiety and substance use, with less ability to handle pandemic stress.

About 40 per cent of youth who use alcohol, cannabis or both report that their use has increased. “We know that our youth are particularly at risk, citing school and managing their own mental health as their top stressors,” says Rita Notarandrea, CEO of the Canadian Center on Substance Use and Addiction.

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In another ongoing survey, this one exploring how Canadian veterans use medical marijuana, results to date have the most common mode of administration is cannabis oils and that stress/anxiety is the top reason for veterans seeking relief.

Over half of US adults will give weed-themed gifts

On a lighter note, the CBD Oracle survey indicates that a little less than half, 47.7 per cent, of the adults polled would enjoy getting high with family members and just over half, 53 per cent, noted they give cannabis-themed gifts.

Highest on the gift list was cannabis-infused beverages, noted by 52.1 per cent of respondents, followed by edibles (39.8 per cent), and CBD products (37.6 per cent). Pre-rolls (35.7 per cent) and dried flower (35.3 per cent) also proved popular. Accessories, vaporizers, beauty products, concentrates and tinctures filled out the list.

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With beverages and edibles listed as the top cannabis gift choices, it may be helpful that 60 per cent of respondents who consume weed reported feeling more physically active and productive following consumption, while just 18 per cent said they feel less active and productive.

Getting high is expected to help with touchy holiday conversations

For those who find themselves needing to navigate topics like politics and COVID-19, survey results show 61.5 per cent of respondents said having a puff “would make them more comfortable being around anti-vaccine family members,” CBD Oracle reports.

The results, however, do point to some concerns. CBD Oracle notes “a shocking 49.1 per cent of respondents said that while they don’t drive drunk, they do drive under the influence of cannabis.” That compared to 26.8 per cent of those surveyed who say they only drive totally sober.

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Still, 23.8 per cent of respondents who believe cannabis to be safer than alcohol reported there is no risk of DUI (driving under the influence) with weed.

Results indicate that a good number of respondents either replace or partially replace alcohol use with cannabis use during the holidays. Specifically, 42.9 per cent of respondents planned to completely replace booze with weed, 22.7 per cent expected to do so occasionally and 16.6 per cent reported they would not.

The cannabis/mental health link was highlighted again as part of another recent survey. A new study from Eaze, a California-based cannabis company and marketplace, found that, more than any other reason or motivating factor, people are turning to cannabis to treat their mental health.

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