Marijuana Munching Mania Looms

One of the stereotypical perceptions that people associate with recreational cannabis use is the onset of the ‘munchies’.

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  • Kathy Perrotta Vice President, Canada, Market Strategy & Understanding – Research
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There are some well-documented neuroscience-based theories that help support this well-known trope. However, the legalization of cannabis use has allowed Ipsos to behaviourally confirm the size and scope of the ‘munchies phenomenon’. Initial findings reveal:

  • Munchie occasions already represent almost one in 10 snacking occasions
  • Late evening is prime time for the munchies
  • A quarter of all Munchers are 25-34 with a slight skew to Males
  • Go-To Munchies hit high-notes of craving, easy availability, taste and relaxation
  • Munchers are more likely than consumers in general to satisfy their munchies by sourcing items from Foodservice, especially via third party delivery services

“Munchies” — Snacks consumed within three hours after consuming cannabis

Source: Ipsos FIVE Data Period R3M ending March 2019; I consumed a food or beverage product within 3 hours of cannabis consumption


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The author(s)

  • Kathy Perrotta Vice President, Canada, Market Strategy & Understanding – Research

Consumer & Shopper