Snacks are extra popular in places where cannabis is legal
Here at the Elegant Stoner, one of our goals is to reconsider the image of the traditional stoner for the general public. Traditionally, a stoner is thought of as someone sitting on their couch, binging on snacks and TV, but of course in reality these days, a stoner is someone who works hard and plays hard, someone who cares about their health and wellness, and someone who, well, still loves their munchies, apparently. Some generalizations are harder to change than others, we guess.
That’s right — a new set of data from Nielsen shows that where states have legalized cannabis, snack sales are notably higher. Over the past four years (up to April 2019), sales of candy in recreational states have grown 2.0% instead of 1.3% in states where cannabis isn’t legal, and sales of snacks have grown by 7.2%, as compared to a growth rate of 6.0% in states where cannabis isn’t legal. In other words, the whole country is snack crazy lately, but states where cannabis is legal are especially so.
Is this a bad thing? Other studies have shown that despite their propensity for snacking on munchies, cannabis users generally weigh less — like we said, they work hard and play hard, so maybe they match that last bag of Fritos with another 30 minutes on the treadmill. And just because you crave a chocolate bar now and then isn’t necessarily bad (though you should keep an eye on your BMI and other health measures for sure). And if you do find yourself munching a bit too much, we’ve got some good tips on how you can stop doing that (or at least make your munchies healthier). Maybe, in some ways, being a traditional stoner isn’t all that bad anyway.