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 examined posts made between 2010 and 2016 with the objective of determining what forms of cannabis consumption are most popular among users. 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 effects reported by the Redditors. They found that there was “very few adverse effects were reported,” and the numbers didn’t change much across products.
“Analysis of social media data has been used to complement other epidemiological methods as a strategy for understanding emerging trends in real time with limited social desirability or recall bias,” the study authors noted.
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