Roy Bingham, the cofounder and CEO of cannabis market research firm BDSA, says about half of the edibles market is made of gummies. BDSA has also observed an edibles uptick, and Bingham says those products enjoy a few additional advantages in pandemic times: they can deliver a fairly precise outcome, and are perhaps better-suited for solitary than social consumption. Passing the tin of gummies just isn’t the same as passing a joint. And because cannabis can only be purchased with cash in the US, consumers are particularly cost-sensitive in uncertain economic times like these.

“What’s the best bang for my buck?” is a question foremost on consumers’ minds, says Bingham, adding that while many gummies cost about $20 for a package of ten candies totaling 100mg of THC, he has recently seen companies running promotions that reduce the price by half, whether by offering two-for-one deals or sales.

“To most people, or to newcomers, a 10mg product is sufficient to be equivalent to having several alcoholic drinks or something like that. And so you’re looking at that costing about a dollar now,” says Bingham. “It’s certainly cost-effective.”

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