Some interesting results came out of recent research conducted at the University of Michigan’s Hash Bash this past April.
Over 500 Hash Bash attendees – all frequent cannabis users – surveyed by researchers from U of M and the University of Buffalo revealed some surprising misunderstandings about cannabis (to read the full survey, click here).
Maybe the most surprising answers on the 24-question survey showed that even people who consider themselves sophisticated cannabis consumers actually know very little about effective levels of both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoids (CBDs), and even less about the way these cannabis compounds work synergistically to produce effects which are greater than the sum of the parts.
Two examples of misunderstandings:
- When survey takers were asked to fill in percentage amounts for effectives level of THC in smokable flower, the majority defined low THC levels as “20% or higher” – a level which actually represents high THC strains.*
- Likewise, when asked to fill in the percent of CBD in strains they considered “low level CBD”. nearly half said “30% CBD or higher” – a number that has a way higher percent of CBD than any cannabis strain currently available.*
* the survey asked about the percentages of THC and CBD in smokable plant material and did not distinguish between flower and processed products like concentrates, where THC and CBD levels can be much higher
It’s important to remember that a survey of 500 is not considered statistically significant, so the results can’t necessarily be applied to wider populations with any degree of confidence.
More telling, we think, is the idea that the majority of the people surveyed said what they know about cannabis, they learned through their own experience. With over 70 cannabinoids, a variety of THC levels, and the various chemical effects of terpenes (the natural compounds that give plants their fragrances) in cannabis plants, no wonder there is a bit of confusion out there!
Certainly, individual experience is part of what makes cannabis use an exciting journey! People do react differently to different cannabis properties, just like people react differently to prescription medications: what works for one may not work for another!
So we’ll never discount personal experience … but the main takeaway from the survey is this: there’s still an overriding need for additional consumer education as cannabis use becomes more accepted.
At Compassionate Care By Design, we’re doing our part to clear the air about cannabis:
- Our Patient Advisors are educated in the chemical properties, expected effects, and synergies between THC, CBD, and other influences like terpenes.
- We understand that different combinations of THC, CBD, and terpenes won’t affect everyone the same way, and work with our clients to make decisions that are most suited to increase the effects they want while minimizing the effects they don’t.
- We work closely with our patients to help them monitor their progress, report any unexpected effects, and make sure the cannabis products they take are helping them achieve their desired outcome.
- Our educational classes, temporarily suspended due to State COVID restrictions, will be starting again soon! The low- or no-cost classes don’t require a State-issued card to attend, so anyone 21 and over who’s interested in learning about cannabis, CBDs, THC, or different ways to use cannabis is welcome and encouraged to bring their questions.
- We are devoted to staying on top of the most current scientific information in our ever-changing industry, and make sure our staff is up to date on the information they need to help our clients make the decisions that are right for them.
Our goal is to be one of the places people can go to get straightforward information and honest answers about cannabis, CDB, THC, and all things related to it.
If you’ve found your own comfort zone with the products we carry, great! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit and hearing about your experiences!
If you’re new to cannabis (or revisiting it after a break), we look forward to answering your questions and helping you find the right products for you. The decision is yours; we simply provide guidance backed by our staff’s continuing education, for those who wish.
As our stores are opening up again, we’re happy to take appointments to talk about your cannabis questions with you personally. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we’ll listen carefully to what it is you want to achieve, and help you find the right products so you can live your best life.
Remember to check our events calendar every now and then to find out about upcoming classes that may be of interest to you!
What questions do you have about cannabis? What type of classes would you like to attend? We’d love to hear from you! Just send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may pick your question to answer in a future blog article, or create a new class based on your topic of interest!