The theories and rumors out there about why cannabis is so important to so many people that they would fight and spend the money they have to legalize it, abound. Marijuana induced sleep may be one of the biggest reasons and a survey conducted in Colorado supports that theory.
Insomnia is a condition that roughly 60 million American residents are suffering through. There is all sorts of sleep aids that can be found over-the-counter and are prescribed by doctors with all sorts of side effects and that can lead to dependency. Marijuana induced sleep seems to have no side effects and no dependency based off of current research. What is your theory of why marijuana legalization is so important to so many people?
Contrary to the popular image of stoners as party animals, many cannabis users may just want to go to sleep, if a Denver-area survey is a reliable indicator. The survey, conducted by Consumer Research Around Cannabis, found that only pain relief rivals sleep as a reason for using marijuana.
Consumer Research surveyed 1,258 marijuana users in the Denver metropolitan area and nearby parts of Wyoming and Nebraska.
The survey found that 47.2% of the respondents bought marijuana to help them sleep. Using cannabis to resolve insomnia is so common that several sites like Leafly and HelloMD list top strains for going to sleep. HelloMD goes a little further and suggests that users who have problems staying asleep should eat an edible because it releases the marijuana slower and lasts longer. The site also recommends using a vape pen to help them fall asleep faster.
Many people with sleep problems like cannabis because they aren’t left feeling groggy in the morning, which is a common problem with over-the-counter sleep aids. Marijuana also doesn’t have the addictive properties that some prescription sleep aids like Ambien or Lunesta.
Contrary to the myth of hard-partying stoners like Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High, only 28.5% of the people surveyed said they used marijuana to have a good time with friends and family. More people (32.8%) said they used marijuana for creative purposes and expanding perceptions and thought processes rather than partying.
Some 47.2% said they buy marijuana is to treat chronic or recurring pain, tied for first place with sleep as a motivating factor. It was followed by 45.7% who used it to help depression or anxiety.
Another stereotype of movie character stoners is that they are underemployed. Think “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski or “Saul Silver” played by James Franco in Pineapple Express. In the Denver area, it turns out that most cannabis customers have full-time jobs and live in two-income families. Some 50% say they are financial optimists and believe they’ll be better off in six months from now. IRA’s and 401K’s are held by 42%, 18% have traded stocks and 19% have over $100,000 in liquid assets. This isn’t surprising because over half of Denver’s marijuana users have household incomes of $50,000 or more.