Demographics -Edible Cannabis Users: United States
Edible cannabis users in the US are mostly 21 to 35 years old, at 40.79%, followed by people from the 36 to 45 age range, at 25.75%. Women make up to 58.35% of the edible cannabis users in the country, while men at 41.65%. Majority of the edible cannabis users, at 35.23%, earn between $26,000 to $55,000.
Demographics of Edible Cannabis Users in the US
Based on a survey report published in Proprietary of the 2017 Cannabis Consumers Coalition, the demographics of edible cannabis users in the United States are as follows:
The ages of cannabis consumers are:
- 18 to 20 years: 0.94%
- 21 to 35 years: 40.79%
- 36 to 45 years: 25.75%
- 46 to 55 years: 16.17%
- 56 to 65 years: 12.59%
- 65 and above: 3.76%
- Less than $25,000: 20.45%
- $26,000 to $55,000: 35.23%
- $56,000 to $75,000: 16.86%
- $76,000 to $100,000: 11.74%
- $100,000 to $150,000: 11.36%
- More than $156,000: 4.36%
- Based on a research study published in the Journal of Addictive Behavior in 2017, cannabis users are:
— Married or partnered (18-30 years old): 22%
— Married or partnered (31-50 years old): 35%
— Married or partnered (51-74 years old): 43%
- According to a Washington Post article, "more than half of marijuana (or cannabis) users are parents."
Based on a research study published in the Journal of Addictive Behavior in 2017, cannabis users have:
- College degree or higher (18 to 30 years old): 40%
- College degree or higher (31 to 50 years old): 60%
- College degree or higher (51 to 74 years old): 57%
- Based on medical versus recreational cannabis use, about 16.64% use cannabis mainly for medical use and 18.71% for recreational use. However, 64.65% use cannabis for both purposes.
In order to compile the demographic information of edible cannabis users in the United States, we initially relied on survey reports and found one published in the Proprietary of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition. The report presented the demographics of US cannabis consumers, such as their age, gender, income, and other information specific to edible cannabis. From this report, we have collected the demographic data on age, gender, and income of these consumers. However, this report did not include the information on marital status and the educational level of the US consumers of edible cannabis.
Our next strategy involved looking through government databases, such as NIH and CGC; and trusted media articles, such as the Washington Post. However, none of these sources provided any direct information on the demographics of edible cannabis users in the United States. It did, however, provide the information on parents (as consumers of edible cannabis) with children. We also searched through the relevant websites, such as Statista, Reuters, and Nature.com, among others. Reuters provided information on cannabis smokers and not edible cannabis, and Statista had information on the percentage of the population in the US who consumed cannabis in the past year from 2002 to 2017. Nature.com mainly talked about medical marijuana. Also, during our research, we have noticed that most of the big research companies have conducted survey/research on Canadian consumers.
Lastly, we decided to look through scientific journals and magazines to find the demographics of edible cannabis users in the United States, specifically to look for their educational level and marital status. Some sources we looked through include CMAJ (Journal of Canadian Medical Association) and the Journal of Primary Prevention. The study published in CMAJ mainly talked about students of Ontario, Canada, and did not provide any information related to the US's consumers' education level. The Journal of Primary Prevention mentioned about the parents who are users of edible cannabis and provided the percentage of parents who have attended college and the percentage who have not attended the college. Another research study published in the Journal of Addictive Behavior also mentioned the demographics of US consumers of cannabis, which include their gender, ethnicity, marital status, education, and some other indicators by age. Thus, we presented them in our findings.