Survey Results

This page has some early results of our cannabis and hemp effectiveness research project. It does NOT include specifics about which type of active ingredient amounts worked best for different conditions and goals...YET. But we will as soon as we have collected enough responses for it to be meaningful to regular patients and consumers.

We collect anonymous, self-reported, observational, real-world marketing research data - NOT clinical data. But instead of delivering our results to executives for a fee, we deliver the results to patients and consumers for FREE via this website. Our revenue comes from our partners and their ads on this site. They want to be seen by YOU - the curious patient or consumer looking for more control, consistency, and personalized relief and experiences. We do not partner with any cannabis or hemp "plant-touching" businesses, simply so we can remain as unbiased and product-neutral as possible. Giving patients and consumers better knowledge requires our complete independence from the the actual producers and retailers.

To show "statistically significant" correlations about active ingredients and effectiveness, we need a LOT of survey responses. MANY, MANY thousands. We hope that we can begin posting more detailed information soon. We just don't have enough surveys for that yet, but we will get there.

So please ask your friends and family to take our survey! We believe the results will be valuable to patients and consumers in all walks of life everywhere. 

In the meantime, we CAN show you results that cover some important aspects of cannabis or hemp product choices, according to what others like us say.


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Methods

The many different methods of consumption of cannabinoid products is fairly unique among medical or wellness products. Here's what people tell us about the method of consumption that Works Best for them.

Cannabis Method of Consumption pie charts for medical and adult use

   

#1: Inhalation

Most of the anecdotes we've received so far tell us that inhaling cannabis or hemp products is best for them. That will likely change as more oral products with more active ingredient options become available.

Among the people who told us inhaling cannabis or hemp products was best for them, here are the inhalation methods they prefer:

What inhalation method of cannabis do patients and consumers prefer? Smoking is preferred by both groups.


 

The bar charts below show how many puffs, inhalations, or 3-4 second draws are usually inhaled for the most effective cannabinoid dose according to people who took our survey. Notice that the vast majority of medical and adult users take 10 or fewer inhalations, and a significant number take 5 or fewer.

Cannabinoids affect people differently, and YOUR best method and dose might not work the same way for your best friend. 

2 Bar charts showing how many puffs or inhalations of 3-4 seconds patients and consumers take for their "best dose". 30-45% said 1 to 5 puffs & 42-44% said 6 to 10 puffs, respectively.

 

The chart below shows the methods preferred by those who smoke their cannabis or hemp products. While joints are not the most efficient method to consume cannabis, they are very well-established and popular.

Pie charts showing how both patients and adults smoke their cannabis or hemp products. Waterpipes are preferred by patients and joints are preferred by non-patients.

 


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The next chart shows the vaporization temperatures that are most often used by those vaporizing their cannabis products. 55% prefer a temperature setting between 350F (177C) and 400F (205C). The higher temperatures include dabbing, which is generally between 500F (260C) and 650F (343C).

THCV and CBC don't boil until 428F (220C), so flower vaporizers are sometimes set very high. Additionally, Caryophyllene, Farnesene, and Bisabolol are a few of the common cannabis terpenes that boil over 490F (255C), which is above the combustion (fire) temperature of cannabis or hemp flower (451F, 233C).

Preferred Vaporizer temperature settings show 55% like 350-400F best

 

 

#2: Oral Ingestion (Swallowing)

20% of the responses we've received so far tell us that swallowing a cannabis or hemp product works best for them. Infused foods and oils or extracts were the most popular at 33% and 30% respectively. The "Pills" category includes capsules and tablets.

Chart: Cannabis Oral Ingestion Types

 


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Functionality

The next chart shows the AVERAGE wait time for the product to take effect and the AVERAGE duration of effects. Everyone has unique biochemistry and your results may be very different from the average. Example: the range of results for "swallowing" was between two (2) hours and 15 (fifteen) hours. Be careful and keep track of your own results for more control.

Chart showing that inhaling takes 0.1 hours to take effect and lasts 2.1 hours ON AVERAGE. Swallowing takes 0.7 hours to take effect and lasts 5.9 hours ON AVERAGE.

 

Effectiveness and Quality of Life

The next chart shows what people tell us about the overall effectiveness of "What Works Best" for them. Over 99% said they usually see an improvement of 50% or more. In medical applications, a reduction in symptoms by 50% to 80% can literally change someone's life.

Bar Chart: Cannabis effectiveness in achieving adult and patient goals averaged 80%.

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Quality of Life was improved in 99% of those who have found their "best" product. The three main methods of consumption showed average Quality of Life (QOL) ratings of at LEAST "much better" (4.0/5). Inhalation had the highest rating at 4.3.
 
Bar chart showing cannabis significantly improves quality of life scores

Quality of Life improvements by age are interesting in that they seem to gradually improve as you age. 18-24 year olds report a QOL score of 4.0 (much better), while 55-64 year olds report a QOL score of 4.4. Even the reluctant baby boomers are reporting quality of life improvements, but with a lower score of 3.5 (3.0 means "better").

Quality of Life Improvements bar chart showing that all age groups report that cannabis improves their quality of life

 

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An unexpected result was among those that INHALE their best product. Smokers reported slightly better effectiveness (79% vs. 76%) and Quality of Life improvements (4.3 vs. 4.2) than those who vaporize or "dab" their best product.

Bar Chart showing that among those that inhale cannabis or hemp products, those that smoke report slightly higher effectiveness scores (79% vs. 76%)

Overall, both medical use and wellness, or adult-use consumers report significant improvements in their Quality of Life:

Bar chart showing that Medical and adult use cannabis users report a Quality of Life improvement between "much better" to "much, much better"

Side Effects

Here is what people tell us they about the unpleasant or negative side effects they experience. 59% do not experience negative side effects. The top two side effects are dry mouth and increased appetite, both of which can be handled with water and a good meal - things your body needs anyway. 8% reported impaired memory and 6% reported paranoia. 

 

Cannabis & Hemp product common side effects

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We will be adding to and updating this results page periodically as we collect more data. Our research project has no end date, because new product development will continue, and we see our work as a "living" analysis. We'll post most significant new information on social media as we publish it here, but keep this page in mind. It will be developing with new insights for many years to come. Thank you for your help in de-stigmatizing perhaps the most powerful and misunderstood plant on earth! Encourage your friends and family to contribute to our research by taking a quick survey about "What Works Best" for them. Thank you!

 
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