Scientists have begun mining social media to understand cannabis culture. In a new study that is set to be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers collected data from over 2 million posts on Reddit to study cannabis consumption trends.
The researchers looked at posts made between 2010 and 2016 with the objective of finding out what forms of cannabis consumption are most popular among users, reports Marijuana Moment. They discovered that smoking is still king, but dabbing has been steadily growing in popularity over the years.
Additionally, the study also rated different forms of consumption on a scale of 1–10 based on their popularity among Redditors:
- Smoking: [6.8]
- Vaping: [6.7]
- Edibles: [7.2]
- Dabbing: [7.8]
- Butane hash oil: [7.2]
One final thing the researchers looked for was any adverse affects reported by the Redditors. They found that there was “very few adverse effects were reported,” and the numbers didn’t change much across products.
If you’re a regular cannabis consumer, you may be thinking that none of these findings are all that surprising. But this kind of research is useful for tracking a community’s evolution in real-time, without the kinds of issues associated trying to analyze past events.
Published: May 08, 2018
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