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Cannabis Tops Alcohol as Americans' Daily Drug of Choice

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Daily marijuana use surpasses alcohol consumption in the U.S.

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As beverages containing intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids continue to land on retail shelves throughout the country, a national trend is emerging where cannabis is surpassing alcohol as Americans' daily drug of choice. For the first time ever, Americans are using more weed than alcohol on a daily basis. Is that a risky trend? Here's what the experts say.

A new study shows a growing number of people are regularly using cannabis, while alcohol consumption is on the decline. In 2022, about 17.7 million people reported daily or near-daily marijuana use, compared with 14.7 million people who reported drinking at the same frequency. This shift in daily drug preferences has significant implications for both the cannabis and alcohol industries.

The rise in daily marijuana use over alcohol consumption is a clear indication of changing consumer preferences. THC-infused drinks are popping up more often in the refrigerator section, setting up a turf war between the alcohol and cannabis industries. With recreational marijuana now legal in 24 states, the U.S. is experiencing a shift in drug culture, favoring cannabis over alcohol.

Millions of people in the U.S. report using marijuana daily or nearly every day, outnumbering those who say they are daily drinkers. Regular weed use now bests alcohol for the first time in the country, with 54% of Americans living in a state where recreational use is legal. The Biden administration recently...

The trend of daily marijuana use surpassing alcohol consumption is particularly pronounced among Gen Z, who are driving the change in preference. With a more health-conscious and environmentally aware mindset, younger consumers are opting for cannabis over alcohol. This shift in drug culture is reshaping the landscape of the beverage industry.

As cannabis continues to gain popularity as a daily drug of choice, the alcohol industry is facing a challenge in retaining its market share. With more people choosing weed over booze, the alcohol industry must adapt to changing consumer preferences. The rise of cannabis-infused beverages is a clear indication of a shift in consumer demand.

Overall, the trend of cannabis topping alcohol as Americans' daily drug of choice is a reflection of changing attitudes towards substance use. With more people opting for marijuana over alcohol, the beverage industry is undergoing a transformation. It remains to be seen how this shift will impact the future of both the cannabis and alcohol industries.

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