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Ena, a 27-year-old business operations employee based in chicago, has consumed alcohol socially for nearly a decade. in recent months, however, she decided it was not worth the calories or hangovers. she switched to cannabis products, and now she smokes marijuana once or twice a week and eats gummy candies with cannabidiol, also known as cbd, a chemical component of marijuana that’s legal and doesn’t intoxicate users. “i realized that i get zero enjoyment out of drinking and it costs me more money than w**d does,” said jena, who asked to omit her last name because marijuana is not legal where she lives.
the street price for marijuana in chicago is $18 per gram and the average beer at a bar is $6. jena said she used to spend $30 to $50 on alcohol in one night, several nights a week, and now spends less than $30 on marijuana a month. “i definitely enjoy w**d better. it’s more relaxing, i don’t have to worry about how i acted the night before, and don’t have to deal with hangovers or throwing up the morning after,” she said.
meanwhile, millennials drink far less alcohol than past generations, an annual national survey of 50,000 adolescents and young adults in america from the monitoring the future study found. the share of college students who drink alcohol daily fell from 4.3% in 2016 to 2.2% in 2017, a more than 4 percentage-point drop from the 6.5% of college students who used alcohol daily in 1980.
and marijuana seems ready to replace alcohol as a means for relaxation. in u.s. counties where marijuana was legalized, purchases of wine and beer decreased by 15%, a 10-year-long study conducted in 2017 by researchers at university of connecticut and georgia state university found.
u.s. brewers saw a “historically bad” year for beer in 2017, shipping 3.8 million fewer barrels than the previous year.