A Twitter-based survey on marijuana concentrate use

Raminta Daniulaityte, Mussa Y. Zatreh, Francois R. Lamy, Ramzi W. Nahhas, Silvia S. Martins, Amit Sheth, Robert G. Carlson

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Abstract

Aims: The purpose of this paper is to analyze characteristics of marijuana concentrate users, describe patterns and reasons of use, and identify factors associated with daily use of concentrates among U.S.-based cannabis users recruited via a Twitter-based online survey. Methods: An anonymous Web-based survey was conducted in June 2017 with 687 U.S.-based cannabis users recruited via Twitter-based ads. The survey included questions about state of residence, socio-demographic characteristics, and cannabis use including marijuana concentrates. Multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify characteristics associated with lifetime and daily use of marijuana concentrates. Results: Almost 60% of respondents were male, 86% were white, and the mean age was 43.0 years. About 48% reported marijuana concentrate use. After adjusting for multiple testing, significant predictors of concentrate use included: living in “recreational” (AOR = 2.04; adj. p =.042) or “medical, less restrictive” (AOR = 1.74; adj. p =.030) states, being younger (AOR = 0.97, adj. p =.008), and daily herbal cannabis use (AOR = 2.57, adj. p =.008). Out of 329 marijuana concentrate users, about 13% (n = 44) reported daily/near daily use. Significant predictors of daily concentrate use included: living in recreational states (AOR = 3.59, adj. p =.020) and using concentrates for therapeutic purposes (AOR = 4.34, adj. p =.020). Conclusions: Living in states with more liberal marijuana policies is associated with greater likelihood of marijuana concentrate use and with more frequent use. Characteristics of daily users, in particular, patterns of therapeutic use warrant further research with community-recruited samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalDrug and alcohol dependence
Volume187
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cannabis
  • Cannabis legalization
  • Marijuana concentrates
  • Social media
  • Twitter
  • Web survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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