These Are The Most Popular Mind-Altering Substances At Every Major Music Festival

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Next week, hundreds of thousands of people will make the pilgrimage to Indio, California for Coachella 2018, where a few of them will consume at least one mind-altering substance (but definitely not weed, which was banned from the festival despite its legal status in the state in a move that could result in a lot more people bringing opened bags of “Swedish Fish” with them than normal).

Coachella offers a certain degree of escapism that comes with every festival across the country, whether it’s getting an excuse to travel to a tiny island in New York City for Governors Ball or stripping down naked and finding yourself inside an art installation inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants at Burning ManHowever, regardless of where you end up going, there’s a very good chance you’re going to drink, inhale, or absorbs something into your body during your time there.

TickPick conducted a survey of festivalgoers to gain some deeper insight into the use of various substances at festivals. Alcohol— which is consumed by 75% of attendees—was obviously the most popular option, followed by marijuana, which is consumed in its various forms by a little under 40% of people. However, the most interesting part of the study was the place where each individual drug had the highest percentage of popularity.

These were the results:

  • Alcohol is the most popular option at SXSW with 77.1% of people drinking while in Austin
  • The attendees at Burning Man smoke more weed than anyone else with 47.4% of people lighting up, vaping, or consuming something loaded with THC
  • Burning Man was also the most popular place to take LSD and mushrooms, with 19.2% and 16% of the general population respectively opening their third eye in the desert
  • Ultra is the festival of choice for people with a bunch of money to spend on drugs, as 10.6% of attendees use cocaine
  • I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn Electric Daisy led the way when it came to MDMA, with 26.4% of people popping a Molly and sweatin’ (woo!)

Drugs are tight and my references are out of control.


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