In the dab revolution, it seems that the US is still way ahead of the global curve. At least, according to the 2016 Global Drug Survey, which debuted its findings today.
The survey says that use of BHO is at 6.4 percent of the US population, up roughly a third from last year’s 4.2 percent. Just over a third of marijuana users in the US used BHO last year. Canada also showed an increase in dabbing last year, though it still has a smaller overall population of BHO users than its neighbor to the South.
No other country even showed up on the GDS bar chart, though we at Dabs Magazine have at least anecdotal evidence of its use and manufacture in England, Colombia, and Spain.
It’s also interesting to look at what kinds of weed consumption are most popular around the world. While the US and Canada’s most popular cannabis form to consume are “high-potency herbal” strains (meaning hydroponic, really good weed), “normal weed” (mids or schwag) is still way more common in most other countries surveyed. Poor Brazil and Italy were found to have almost no “high-potency” good stuff. Denmark and Portugal, strangely, were found to smoke more resin than either the normal or good cannabis flower.
No other form of hash oil (say the kind produced with CO2, ethanol, hexane, rosin, or any other extraction technique) is mentioned by the survey. Is it possible that the operators of the world’s biggest global drug survey don’t know that BHO isn’t synonymous with hash oil? Also kind of weird that no mention is made of edibles, though maybe that’s because they haven’t caught fire around the world the same way they have in legal American cannabis markets.
As for cannabis as a whole, the GDS found that it is now the second most used drug in the world, with 63.4 percent of participants reporting its usage, still way behind alcohol (92.69 percnet), but ahead of tobacco (59.79 percent).
GDS is a global, voluntary online survey, which means that its sample is not random and might not be especially varied, leaning toward people who are connected to the internet and interested (for some reason) in taking 5 minutes to complete a survey on their drug use. As the Inverse wrote while covering this year’s results, “The subjects were overwhelmingly white, heterosexual, and urban, so the data isn’t exactly comprehensive, but it’s still indicative of changes in international and American marijuana consumption habits.”
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