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“Time for Dabs”: Analyzing Twitter Data on Marijuana Concentrates across the U.S.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Raminta Daniulaityte, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Ramzi W. Nahhas, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Sanjaya Wijeratne, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Robert G. Carlson, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Francois R. Lamy, Wright State University
  • Silvia S. Martins
  • Edward W. Boyer
  • G. Alan Smith
  • Amit P. Sheth, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2015
Abstract
Aims Media reports suggest increasing popularity of marijuana concentrates (“dabs”; “earwax”; “budder”; “shatter; “butane hash oil”) that are typically vaporized and inhaled via a bong, vaporizer or electronic cigarette. However, data on the epidemiology of marijuana concentrate use remain limited. This study aims to explore Twitter data on marijuana concentrate use in the U.S. and identify differences across regions of the country with varying cannabis legalization policies. Methods Tweets were collected between October 20 and December 20, 2014, using Twitter's streaming API. Twitter data filtering framework was available through the eDrugTrends platform. Raw and adjusted percentages of dabs-related tweets per state were calculated. A permutation test was used to examine differences in the adjusted percentages of dabs-related tweets among U.S. states with different cannabis legalization policies. Results eDrugTrends collected a total of 125,255 tweets. Almost 22% (n = 27,018) of these tweets contained identifiable state-level geolocation information. Dabs-related tweet volume for each state was adjusted using a general sample of tweets to account for different levels of overall tweeting activity for each state. Adjusted percentages of dabs-related tweets were highest in states that allowed recreational and/or medicinal cannabis use and lowest in states that have not passed medical cannabis use laws. The differences were statistically significant. Conclusions Twitter data suggest greater popularity of dabs in the states that legalized recreational and/or medical use of cannabis. The study provides new information on the epidemiology of marijuana concentrate use and contributes to the emerging field of social media analysis for drug abuse research.
DOI
10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.07.1199
Citation Information
Raminta Daniulaityte, Ramzi W. Nahhas, Sanjaya Wijeratne, Robert G. Carlson, et al.. "“Time for Dabs”: Analyzing Twitter Data on Marijuana Concentrates across the U.S." Drug and Alcohol Dependence Vol. 155 (2015) p. 307 - 311 ISSN: 03768716
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/amit_sheth/516/