Top 10 Reasons People Smoke Weed (According To A Few New Studies)

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

The bottom line is that if you know yourself, you’ll always adjust accordingly to optimize yourself for maximum enjoyment/efficiency at life.

Why do you consume cannabis?

This question can be answered in many different ways depending on whom you ask. Someone with a medical condition could be using cannabis to tolerate the aches and pains of their illness. A recreational user might be using it to “blow off some steam” at the end of the week (i.e stress management). Others might be using it for religious or spiritual purposes.

The reason why we do anything is something we should all be consciously aware of. If you don’t understand why you are doing a particular activity or believing in a particular truth, then you’re running blindly in this ever changing world. We all have our assumptions.

Within the psychological community, understanding the “why” can inform researchers on the motivations of users, which could help them in various ways I suppose. Perhaps they need this data for intervention programs, or to understand the social context of cannabis. Nonetheless, it’s been a question that has been plaguing researchers for a while now.

Psychology Today recently published a blog that dealt with this very issue. They took data from four different studies attempting to solve this riddle and published some of the findings.  In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the studies as well as the conclusions made by the researchers.


This will allow us to reflect on the data and compare our own motivations for consuming cannabis. While you may not agree with what will be discussed – bare in mind that these papers are typically based on secondary research. In other words, they rely on surveys and data collected from other sources which they use to build a “picture” of the average consumer. College freshman motivations Age does play a significant role for motivation. College freshmen will make drastic different decisions based on their social environment compared to a 38-year-old professional. And this 38-year-old will make completely different conclusions than his 65-year-old boss.

The first study looked at possible motivators for “entering college students” and found that:

“The most frequently reported reasons included enjoyment/fun, conformity,  experimentation, social enhancement, boredom, and relaxation. Regression analyses revealed that experimentation was consistently associated with less use and fewer problems whereas enjoyment, habit, activity enhancement, and altered perception or perspectives were associated with heavier use and more problems.”

Of course, when we’re looking at the paragraph above we see that there are six main categories which casts a wide net. Many college entering youth have already experimented with cannabis. These would be people who enjoy consuming cannabis simply for the act of “feeling high”. We could probably clump them together with the “problematic use group”.


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