New Survey – ‘Recreational” Cannabis Users Are Using The Plant For Medical Reasons


As of 2016, the United States had 24 million weed users. People use cannabis for both recreational and medical purposes. As scientists are expanding their research on the herb, they are exploring the many benefits that can come out of it.

Studies show that cannabis is a helpful sleep aid. It can also curb anxiety and has anti-inflammatory properties. Other advantages of the plant include its anticonvulsant nature and ability to provide pain relief. More and more people are moving toward replacing their OTC drugs with cannabis. The plant does have some minor side effects when taken properly. It is essential to be aware of the dosage, method of delivery, strain, and other details.

Several states have made the use of cannabis legal. Now while most assume that people who purchase marijuana do so for recreational use, that is not the case. In fact, a lot of people buy marijuana from adult-use stores for medical reasons, as per a latest report.

Do Adult-Use Cannabis Customers Use Cannabis for Only Recreational Uses?

A new study says that ‘recreational’ cannabis users are using the herb for medical purposes. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs published this study earlier this month. Many assume that people who purchase cannabis from Colorado’s adult-use cannabis stores do so for recreational use. However, this new report says that they also use it for easing problems such as insomnia and pain.

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York conducted this study. They surveyed 1000 customers of two Colorado-based stores between the months of August and October in 2016. The survey questioned participants about their age, gender, health, and use of cannabis

Findings of This Study

The investigation revealed the following:

  • 65% of respondents said they used cannabis for pain relief
  • 74% reportedly used it for promoting sleep
  • Consumers who used cannabis for pain relief said their use of other medications had reduced
  • 82% reduced or completely stopped using over-the-counter medications
  • 88% reduced or completely stopped taking opioid pain relievers
  • 87% reduced or completely stopped taking over-the-counter sleep meds
  • 83% reduced or completely stopped taking prescription sleeping aids

The study’s authors said, “While adult-use laws are frequently called ‘recreational,’ implying that cannabis obtained through the adult-use system is only for pleasure or experience-seeking, our findings suggest that many customers use cannabis for symptom relief.”

Limitations of This Study

This research work had some restrictions. First of all, it was a voluntary survey that only covered two self-selected Colorado stores. 90% of the survey participants were under 50 years of age, and two-thirds of these were white, non-Hispanic individuals. 54% of these participants had good health, and 42% were females. This study, therefore, didn’t cover a diverse group of participants.


It is often believed that purchasers of cannabis from adult-use stores only use the herb for recreational use. A new study proves that this may not be the case. The survey conducted shows that people purchase cannabis from Colorado-based adult-use stores for medical purposes as well.


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