People who use medical marijuana often say they’re happier than when they’re not using medical cannabis. And now scientists are saying that may actually be true.
A study of marijuana users and non-users in California and Colorado found that people who consume medical cannabis tend to be happier than people who don’t. Marijuana users also make more money, spend more time outdoors, and volunteer more than people who do not use medical marijuana. This data was taken from survey responses from over 2,000 people living in those two states, with around 1,200 respondents acknowledging that they used medical cannabis in the past six months.
Now, the study didn’t look at how frequently people used medical marijuana, simply if they had done so in the past six months. It’s possible that people who are daily marijuana users are less happy than occasional medical cannabis users, but it’s also possible that daily users are even happier.
The people behind the study say they plan to expand their research into Oregon and Washington to see if they see similar results in those states as they did in Colorado and California.
Interestingly enough, the study found that most people who used medical marijuana said they don’t do it for social or recreational reasons, but rather for therapeutic purposes. This could be physical reasons, such as chronic pain, but also for emotional or mental reasons as well. So it’s possible that using medical marijuana is, in fact, causing the improvement in their mood, and not just an interesting correlation.