Low-THC cannabis: results of a survey among Swiss users
We conducted an online survey in summer 2018 to try to understand who CBD cannabis users are and why they buy and use this type of product. Using facebook® adds, on the one hand, and customer files of some CBD cannabis shops on the other hand, we managed to survey about 1’500 CBD cannabis users with 2/3 of them reporting use of the product during the last month and about 300 using the substance (almost) daily.
The non-representative sample includes a majority of both tobacco and illicit cannabis users, as well as a significant share of people with a medical diagnosis, often one associated with strong pain and/or with mental health problems. Smoking CBD flowers (Marijuana) remains the main mode of consumption among the sample. Users rate very positively the effects of CBD cannabis, particularly in relation with stress, sleeping disorders and pain, and there are very few negative effects reported.
A latent class analysis allowed distinguishing five categories of users within the sample. These range from older people using CBD cannabis for medical or well-being reasons up to younger regular users of illicit cannabis who sometimes use CBD as an alternative.