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Cannabis Consumer Purchase Behavior: Buying Trends

Consumers trend toward similar combinations of products when purchasing a basket, but the majority of flower consumers prefer to buy only flower.

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According to a report by Marijuana Business Daily, Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset found that 67% of cannabis baskets with a flower purchase contained no other cannabis product types. Data was collected from California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state in 2020.

Consumers who purchased pre-roll, concentrate, or vape pens also stayed with those particular product types over 50% of the time. Beverage consumers, however, usually purchase more than one product type.Consumer purchase behavior based on cannabis basket compositionConsumer purchase behavior based on cannabis basket compositionHeadset & Marijuana Business Daily

When consumers did combine products, certain trends emerged. Pre-rolls, vape pens, concentrates, and edibles were usually combined with flower or pre-rolls; while topicals, tinctures, capsules, and beverages were often combined with edibles or flower.

This information – which also tracked into January of 2021 – can be used to help manufacturers expand their brand into new categories; or help retailers position products that are most likely to be purchased together on retail shelves, offer specials that combine desired categories, or educate consumers about other products.

Here is the breakdown of buying trends when products were combined:

  • Beverages: Edibles, flower
  • Capsules: Edibles, flower
  • Concentrates: Flower, pre-rolls
  • Edibles: Flower, pre-rolls
  • Flower: Pre-rolls, vape pens
  • Pre-rolls: Flower, vape pens
  • Tinctures and sublinguals: Edibles, flower
  • Topicals: Edibles, flower
  • Vape pens: Flower, pre-rolls

   Watch this video on the growing sophistication of the cannabis packaging market.

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