WeedMaps, we see you, and we raise you some new geographical data on marijuana.
Want to know where your cannabis consumption habits stack up against users in your state? How about across the country? Marijuana site DankGeek decided to find out. They used a software called Trendsmap to track geotagged Twitter data, specifically mentions of smoking, vaping or consuming edibles. The map shown tracked 150,000 tweets during the month of May, following the peak time of tweets for any given subject and search query.
The states that show vaping or edibles to be popular are some of the most health conscious states, and vaping and edibles are seen as a healthier alternative to smoking.
The data shows that smoking is still the preferred method of consumption with 34 states opting for the traditional option. However, vaping was preferred for several states scattered throughout the Midwest and mountain regions. Edibles appear to be the least preferred option, but it’s interesting to note that its top consumers appear to be clustered on the East Coast.
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“Our theory on this? The states that show vaping or edibles to be popular are some of the most health conscious states, and vaping and edibles are seen as a healthier alternative to smoking. In addition, areas like the upper northeast are generally in a better economic standing than most, and residents there may be able to afford more expensive cannabis products,” representative Ryan Taylor said.
Primarily serving as an online headshop selling bongs, vapes and pipes, Dankgeek investigated these numbers to identify areas of interest for business. They predict trends will continue in the way of vaping and edibles becoming more popular as cannabis becomes increasingly legalized in other states.
“Many people may find vaping and edibles to be a bit easier and convenient to consume, especially when first introduced to it,” Taylor said.
Check out the nitty gritty of the number-crunching here.