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Table 4 Results of the Q factor analysis: reasons that would motivate participants to consider a reduction in cannabis use

From: Identifying archetypal cannabis consumers to inform drug policy design: a Q-sort assessment of young adults’ attitudes in Mexico City’s metropolitan area

Archetype Most important factors (factors: +2, +3) Least important factors (factors: −2, −3) Q-sorts loading Eigenvalue Exp. Var. (%)
A (+3) If it is displayed in a place where I cannot reach it or if I know it has dangerous or disgusting ingredients.
(+2) If I know that there are health risks associated with consumption, have less money to spend, receive convincing evidence of the negative consequences associated with use, or is demonstrated that it reduces sexual appetite (libido).
(−3) If a public figure that I admire/respect recommends reducing consumption, my social group no longer uses marijuana.
(−2) If the package containing marijuana has phrases highlighting health risks, the place selling it requires age verification, if I find different ways to deal with my problems, have friends who don’t use it.
39 17.7 16.1
B (+3) If I find other ways to relax, or it is displayed in a place where I cannot reach it.
(+2) If I know there are health risks associated with consumption, find different ways to deal with my problems, if they start drug testing at my work, or the effects are no longer satisfying
(−3) If the price starts increasing. I don’t care about taxes; I would consume the same quantity.
(−2) If the place selling it requires age verification. I don’t care about price; I’d consume the same amount. If I can’t get it in the street anymore or if my social group is no longer using it.
15 10.5 9.5
C (+3) If the price is too high or I find other ways to relax
(+2) If taxes I must pay to get it are too high, its effects no longer satisfy me, I have less money to spend, or have friends who don’t use it.
(−3) If I am presented with convincing evidence about its negative consequences or if I know that it contains dangerous or disgusting ingredients.
(−2) If the place selling it requires age verification, I am well-informed about the risks associated with use, a public figure that I admire/respect recommends reducing consumption, or if my workplace starts testing to know if I use it
10 7.8 7.1
D (+3) If I cannot get it in the street anymore, or the maximum amount I can obtain legally is enough to keep me away from illegal markets.
(+2) The package contains phrases highlighting health risks, I can obtain it legally in various presentations (e.g., food, drinks), if there is a medicine to reduce my urge (desire) for it, or I know that it has dangerous or disgusting ingredients.
(−3) The seller displays it where I see it but can't reach it, or it is demonstrated that it reduces libido (sexual appetite).
(−2) The place selling it requires age verification, if I have friends who don’t use it, if I am well informed about the risks associated with use, my social group is no longer using it.
11 6.5 5.9
  1. Source: Own calculations from original data collected during fieldwork