Stoners tend to have a bad rep for laziness.
The majority of the time, they’re made out to spend their time lounging around all day, feeding their munchies with endless takeaway pizzas and laughing at ridiculous YouTube videos.
But it turns out that people who consume cannabis might actually be more productive and satisfied than the rest of us.
A study conducted by BDS Analytics looked at 2,000 weed users and abstainers from California and Colorado, across a range mental, social and financial factors to assess their satisfaction levels, employment details and their attitudes towards parenting.
And far from the stereotypes around pot heads being low achieving, in California researchers found that 20% of weed consumers had MAs – compared to just 12% of abstainers.
When it came to household income, consumers brought in an average of $93,800 (£73,470) compared to the $70,000 (£54,811) of abstainers.
And in Colorado, the results were equally interesting.
64% of pot users were in full-time jobs compared to 54% of non-users nad nearly half of them said that they were more satisfied today than they were a year ago – compared to 40% of abstainers.
In both states, far more cannabis consumers said they liked doing outdoor activities than non-users, and a greater percentage also took part in volunteering projects.
‘Cannabis consumers are far removed from the caricatures historically used to describe them,’ says Linda Gilbert, head of consumer research at BDS.
‘In fact, positive lifestyle indicators like volunteering, socialising, satisfaction with life and enjoyment of exercise and the outdoors are highest among cannabis consumers, at least in Colorado and California.’