Study: You probably use multiple forms of cannabis, depending on your race
A new study by scientists at the University of Vermont reports that most people who use cannabis say that they use multiple forms of it per week. 56% of the time among white participants and 60% of the time among black participants, people who smoked cannabis (specifically, according to the study, adult daily users who considered quitting at one point — it’s not clear why that criteria was specified) used more than one form of it, including blunts, pipes, vaporizer, and/or edibles.
But the more interesting finding is one related to race. The scientists performing the study had 193 people — not a huge sample size, unfortunately — look at how they used cannabis over 84 days, and their biggest finding was that white participants of the study were much more likely to use a pipe or a vaporizer, while black participants were more likely to use blunts. Joint use was less common than expected, in both groups.
The scientists also say that they found other use differences in age, gender, cannabis dependence, social use, and when alcohol was consumed with cannabis, though unfortunately those aren’t shared in the excerpt.
On the one hand, this is a relatively small study — 193 participants in a convenience sample isn’t exactly a trustworthy finding. But it does show how varied cannabis use actually is, and how demographics within users are starting to emerge as the legal market for cannabis continues to grow bigger. As cannabis becomes legal across more of the US, we’re bound to see even more differences in use emerge across social lines like age, gender, or race.