ICYMI: Chicago Sun-Times Pot Topics
“Nearly half of the cannabis users in states with recreational pot laws on the books self-identify as using the drug for medicinal purposes, according to a new report from High Yield Insights, a Chicago-based firm that conducts market research on the cannabis industry.
The results of the study found that 69 percent of respondents use cannabis to relieve pain, while 65 percent consume pot as a sleep aid and 54 percent use the drug to manage anxiety.
The report also found that medical cannabis users are twice as likely to check how much cannabidiol is in the weed they purchase. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a nonpsychoactive cannabis compound with significant health benefits. According to the report, 47 percent of medical users verify CBD concentrations compared to 25 percent of recreational users.
Medical users also express demand for convenient or discrete cannabis products, like edibles, topicals, oils and tinctures, the report said. Notably, medical users are twice as likely as recreational consumers to use topicals, and over three times as likely to use tinctures.”