With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, the once taboo pastime is becoming more acceptable to the mainstream public. Where once you might plan a night of wine and cheese, now is it edibles and Settlers of Catan?
A new study by Avvo states that over 70 percent of consumers surveyed in Colorado and Washington believe that bringing weed to a party will be as normal as bringing a bottle of wine. But does this really mean that Weed is the new Wine?
Will that 70% also take part in the festivities?
The Evolving Cannabis “Brand”
Gaining social acceptance is one thing, but creating new users is a totally different ball game. After years of being programed that weed is bad, addictive, wrong, illegal, trouble, etc. the industry has a heavy cloud of negative perception. Although, one out of every three Americans admits to having used marijuana. The face of a marijuana user is changing, but change takes time.
It’s Time to Re-Introduce America to Marijuana.
Today’s weed is not your college roomies dime bag anymore. The sophistication and diversity of strains and products can be compared to that of the over 100 Italian grape varietals used for wine. Did you know there are more than 1000 different strains of marijuana?
You can now choose weed based on your mood, activity, desired effect or preferred flavor. And for medical use you can find strains or products that target symptoms of conditions. This level of understanding for allows users to make educated decisions; something that didn’t exist in most first experiences and therefore tainted the majority of past or casual users perception.
This evolution, and the fact that you can find your ideal cannabis in a variety of forms: strain, edible, concentrate, or topical product gives users control back. Control to find the strain, flavor, form and potency perfect for you.
Strains: There are over 1000 different strains of marijuana. Just like you know to pair a medium red wine with red meat or a sparkling white with soft cheese you can now know that a certain sativa strains can lift your spirits, great for a dinner party or afternoon hike or that some indica strains can help you relax and get a good night sleep.
There are five main Terpenes that give distinct flavors:
- Alpha-Pinene – Pine flavor
- Myrcene – musky, herbal and citrus
- Caryophyllene – peppery, spicy
- Linalool – Floral
- Limonene – citrus
Today there are several different ways to consume your cannabis. You have more choices than simply rolling papers, a pipe, or a bong. Now a consumer’s choices include:
“Somewhat akin to the social movement after the end of prohibition,”Leigh McMillan, vice president of marketing & research, Avvo, Inc. said, “legalized marijuana will likely follow a similar trajectory as cannabis becomes socially accepted and new businesses emerge.”
From Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Evangelist Pat Robertson, public support for marijuana legalization has been steadily increasing. President Obama is even on the record saying, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama told the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Want to know more, check out our side by side comparison of Alcohol vs. Marijuana.
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