Second Annual “Cannabis Consumer Insights Holiday Poll” Reveals Cannabis Consumption Remains Resilient Despite a Majority of Consumers Struggling with Inflation
Poll Also Uncovers Latest Consumer Behavior, Shopping, Spending and Product Shifts Year-Over-Year
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Jushi Holdings Inc. (“Jushi” or the “Company”) (CSE: JUSH) (OTCQX: JUSHF), a vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator, released the results of its second annual “Cannabis Consumer Insights Holiday Poll,” which surveyed 1,000 cannabis consumers from U.S. states with state-legalized cannabis sales for adults 21 years and older. The national survey, which was independently conducted by Pollfish and commissioned and overseen by Jushi Experience Director, Interaction Designer, Futurist and Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Julian Scaff, reveals how cannabis consumers are adapting under inflationary pressures.
“Our independently conducted poll shows that even with mounting inflationary pressures and cost-saving behaviors on the rise, demand for cannabis remains very resilient,” said Jim Cacioppo, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Founder of Jushi. “In fact, we found customers are actually consuming the same or more than they were a year ago – they’re just purchasing less expensive alternatives to compensate for the rising cost of living. We believe staying on top of the latest consumer behavior trends will make our brands, products and digital and physical retail experiences more relevant as we continue to focus on our profitability and performance.”
Cannabis Consumers Adapt under Inflationary Pressures: With 63% of respondents finding inflation painful or very painful, Jushi Cannabis Consumer Insights Holiday Poll showed the vast majority of cannabis consumers are consuming more or about the same amount of cannabis as they were a year ago. When asked “how much cannabis are you consuming compared to a year ago,” about a quarter of respondents (24%) stated they are consuming more than last year, while the majority (52%) are consuming about the same.
Preferences, Spending and Consumption Levels: A year ago, branding and strain type were significantly more important to cannabis consumers. Today, cannabis consumers are more strain agnostic, increasingly shopping around more as a cost-saving measure. Some customers are purchasing less expensive alternatives in order to maintain consumption levels while reducing cost. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of participants stated they purchased less expensive cannabis products this year. However, when asked “how much are you spending on cannabis compared to a year ago,” 73% stated that they are actually spending more or about the same. When asked “how much do you typically spend per month on cannabis a month,” 35% stated they spend $50 to $100 a month; 23% claimed $100 to $150; more than 14% selected $150 to $200; and 12% chose more than $200.
THC Levels and Price Dominate Product Selection: When compared to last year, cannabis consumers are increasingly selecting products based on two primary factors: THC level and price. The type of the strain (indica, hybrid, sativa) came in at a distant third. Last year, branding and strain type were significantly more important to customers than they are this year, and increasingly customers are shopping around more as a cost-saving measure. When asked the two most important factors in choosing a cannabis product, the majority selected THC level (60%) – a 9% increase from the year prior – and price came in at 58%.
Legalization & Pro-Cannabis Politicians Win: When asked “are you more or less likely to vote for a politician who supports federal cannabis legalization,” 75% were more likely to vote for pro-cannabis elected officials, while 1% stated that they were less likely to vote for a pro-cannabis politician. Additionally, more than 90% of respondents support federal legalization of adult-use cannabis.
Women Take Slight Majority: In a marked shift, consumers are trending more female than male this year. Women accounted for the majority of poll respondents (52%), while men accounted for 48% [Jushi’s inaugural “Cannabis Consumer Insights Holiday” can be found here].
Odd One Out Psychometric Test: In the poll’s psychometric test of “Odd One Out,” cannabis was chosen just behind eating out at restaurants. Movie theaters were the odd one out. When asked “if you could only choose two of the following, which two would you select,” 86% respondents chose eating out at restaurants, and more than 82% selected purchasing cannabis, while less than 32% said they would pick going to movie theaters.
A New Holiday Tradition Is Born: The number of people planning to use cannabis as part of holiday celebrations increased slightly, showing a sustaining trend year-over-year. When asked “do you plan to use cannabis as part of your holiday celebrations this year,” 92% of cannabis consumers stated yes – a 1% increase from the year prior. Approximately 88% of poll respondents stated they would be more likely to purchase cannabis or related products as holiday gifts if cannabis was federally legal, showing virtually no change from the previous year.
Goodbye to Holiday Hangovers: For the second year in a row, the poll showed cannabis consumers are consuming less alcohol year-over-year. When asked “how has using cannabis impacted your consumption of alcohol,” 29% of respondents stated that with cannabis they are drinking less, a 6% uptick from 2021. The number of people reducing or eliminating alcohol use due to cannabis consumption also saw a 12% increase year-over-year, while 21% reported stopping consuming alcohol altogether.
Flower Grows Its Market Share: Flower gained more market share as the favorite type of cannabis product, while pre-rolls, edibles, tablets, tinctures and drinks all declined. This trend may in part be price-driven, as manufactured products are typically more expensive than flower. In terms of favorite types of cannabis products (check all that apply),” 58% of respondents selected flower – a 6% increase from the year prior – while edibles saw a 5% decline, coming in at 60%, followed by vapes (46%), pre-rolls (42%), tablets/capsules (15%), tinctures (12%) and infused drinks (11%).
About Jushi Holdings Inc.
We are a vertically integrated cannabis company led by an industry-leading management team. In the United States, Jushi is focused on building a multi-state portfolio of branded cannabis assets through opportunistic acquisitions, distressed workouts, and competitive applications. Jushi strives to maximize shareholder value while delivering high-quality products across all levels of the cannabis ecosystem. For more information, visit jushico.com or our social media channels, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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