Study Says Men Smoke More Weed Than Women Do

But there’s no real reason why.

A new study has revealed that men are more likely to smoke weed than women. Also, an overall increase for both genders was reported and assumed to be related to massive weed normalization, decriminalization, and availability. The research was conducted by epidemiologists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. These are intelligent people who can't figure out why, though, men are more into weed.

From HealthDay News:

Compared with 2002, an additional 6 million men reported past-year pot smoking in 2014. For women, that number was 4 million, the researchers said. Use remained at about 13 percent for men and 7 percent for women for a number of years. But after 2007, use rose about 4 percent among men and 3 percent among women, according to study authors Hannah Carliner and Deborah Hasin.

As a sad aside, according to the study’s findings, men who smoked weed who earned less than $20,000 per year increased 6 percent, as compared to only 2 percent in women in this same wage category. The authors of the study say poverty-wage smoking could be related to the rise of unemployment and the start of the Great Recession in 2007. Perhaps it was the stress of financial hardship that made men turn to weed because no fucking duh.

That lower-income group of men, according to the 2014 research, is still smoking lots of weed.

"While an economic recovery began around 2012, it largely bypassed men in the low-income manufacturing and construction fields, where earning and employment rates remained low," Carliner said.

The authors considered many factors that might be contributing to men out-smoking ladies, and precisely charted a steady rise in male consumption, but the Columbia University epidemiologists could not figure out why men are smoking more weed than women. While the study's primary hypotheses (people are way cooler with weed now) are on target with consumption trends, there’s no real explanation for the gender gap in weed smoking.